Paying for the Party

Everyone wants one, but splittin’ the bill is like alligator wrasslin’.

The city’s budget problems have also revived arguments that corporate sponsors should be accepted for Mardi Gras as a way of underwriting expenses.
Mardi Gras traditionalists are adamantly opposed to the idea, fearing it would commercialize an event that has always been intensely local. Krewes pay for their own floats and parades. “Everyone says no,” says Bill Grace, a lawyer and chairman of the mayor’s Mardi Gras committee.

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