Just yesterday an industry friend asked why I wasn't covering Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Taken from AJC.com:

The shootings of seven people, including a toddler, marred Fat Tuesday partying as ear-piercing gunfire sent revelers ducking for cover and brought Mardi Gras' final stream of truck floats to a horrifying halt.

The 20-month-old child was only grazed by a bullet and wasn't seriously injured. Two suspects were in custody, police said.

Gunshots erupted near the Garden District about 1:40 p.m. as a stream of truck floats passed by after the last major parade, Rex, had ended. Thousands of people partied in the streets on the last day of Carnival before the violence broke out along the oak-lined Uptown streetcar line.

"It sounded like a string of fireworks, so I knew it was more than one shooter," said Toni Labat, 29, a limousine company manager. She was with her two children, a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

"Everybody was petrified. They hit the ground, the floats stopped, everybody on the floats ducked," Labat said. READ MORE...

Photo: Reuters

  • http://myspace.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    wow and i was this close to going to the NO for mardi gras. guess negros get that licca in them they act up

  • ReadTheBlog

    Is anyone fasting for Lent?

  • shunda

    I did the Daniel fast last month. It was hard as heck. I will be having no meat on Fridays. Not that I eat much meat anyway.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Ateyaaa Ateya

    This is just why I dont do Mardi Gra..and its looks so nice on TV but the violence....so sad...so sad...

  • ReadTheBlog

    Shunda, my co-worker did the Daniel Fast. Congrats, cause I hear it is difficult.

  • maema

    the garden district is actually a very nice area.

  • http://happynappyhead.blogspot.com Seattle Slim

    Thank God the baby was only grazed. Praises to God. That's why I stay at home for Carnival/mardi gras.

  • Daisy

    @Read and Shunda my church fast for 40days for lent. Its a gradual fast and you go at your own level. Each week you skip a meal until you are on liquids and no eating after 6 and you are also supposed to fast from tv, phone, computer etc outside of work. You make it personal for where you are with God. I always give up bread/sweets/fries/junk food on the food end and then I start skipping meals. We have a study guide as well for each week must have the word and pray while fasting as yall know.