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jlovel7
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LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
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I know a lot of people on here will celebrate this but damn. This girl seems like no fun at all

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It is officially that time of year, Louisiana. Mardi Gras season is upon us. Gather your tacky purple, gold and green shirts and prepare to make the yearly pilgrimage to New Orleans for the most overrated week of your life.

Approximately 1.2 million people attended Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2011, which is more than three times the population of the city itself. The huge increase in people coming to the city make it impossible to function. Everything is overpriced, the garbage and filth are horrendous, and the crowds are unbearable. The economic impact on New Orleans was valued at $145.7 million in 2009. This cost includes paying overtime for police, sanitation and other city officials to keep the festivities running as smoothly, safely and cleanly as possible.

While the city did make the money back fourfold by the end of the season, it is important to look at the non-monetary costs of the celebrations, as well. During the 2017 celebration, over 200 tons of garbage were picked up from the streets of New Orleans. That is 3 pounds of litter per person in the city. Much of that garbage is recyclable but must be thrown away anyway because it is contaminated. To keep the city clean, there are more than 600 city employees working day and night to clean up after every parade. Their goal is to make it look like nothing happened by the next day, just so people can do it all over again. Some of the trash never gets picked up. Beads hang on the trees, utility poles and fences year-round. Beads also get in the sewers, clogging them and making the already problem-ridden drainage in the city worse.

Transportation around the city for all the inebriated people is made extremely expensive and difficult because of parade road closures and bad traffic. The city is deadlocked every evening, which is the exact time people want to go places. Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft hike up their surge fees to ensure they are making a pretty penny off drunk people just trying to have fun. Alcohol sales spiked by $2.6 million in New Orleans during the 2009 season. With that jump in sales comes a jump in consumption for people of all ages. Underage drinking is especially rampant. The lack of open container laws make it easy for all ages to enjoy drinks as they wish on the streets. These drunk people do impact others when they act irresponsibly. In 2017, a drunk driver hit a crowd of people watching the Endymion parade. His blood-alcohol concentration was three times over the legal limit. The same year, there was a whopping 373 people arrested in 12 days for all sorts of offenses. Many of the arrests were for weapons, and 39 guns were confiscated during that period. Rape, armed robbery, assault and other offenses happen often, as well.

Many drunk adults choose to take part in a flashing ritual in hopes they receive more beads. What some people fail to remember is that public nudity is illegal. While many women do not get in trouble for it during Mardi Gras, men do. So, keep your clothes on, please. Save yourself the cliché this year and abstain from the dirty and overpriced New Orleans Mardi Gras experience. If you are hellbent on experiencing Mardi Gras, consider going to another city that also celebrates it. Mobile, Alabama is the birthplace of Mardi Gras and throws some awesome parades, as well. Still not convinced that New Orleans Mardi Gras is a bad idea? Fine. Have fun wading through trash with the rest of the drunken city.

Sarah Grobety is a 20-year-old mass communication junior from Atlanta, Georgia.


ETA: Goes to LSU but is not a fan of underage drinking? She's only 20 herself and in a sorority. No way she's abstained that long :eyeroll:

ETA2: No pics. Just find her on facebook
This post was edited on 2/6 at 4:00 pm


Zach Lee To Amp Hill
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
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Sarah Grobety is a 20-year-old mass communication junior from Atlanta, Georgia


all you needed to know about this piece.


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Y.A. Tittle
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She sounds fun.


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kingbob
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
reads like someone who truly doesn't "get it".


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keakar
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
well here is the problem

"mass communication junior from Atlanta, Georgia"


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Kel Varnsen
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
Pics of writer


RogerTheShrubber
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
We're headed back to the days of puritans.


Brightside Bengal
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
Pics?


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anewguy
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
Ironic that one of her first pictures on facebook is in the french quarter somewhere.

ETA: And the guy shes next to has A bead on.
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el Gaucho
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
Can we see pics?


upgrayedd
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
The sad part is that these days I can't tell if this chick is some tambourine-shaking Baptist or some super progressive leftist.


Chasin The Tiger
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
all you gotta do is type her name into google


jlovel7
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
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The sad part is that these days I can't tell if this chick is some tambourine-shaking Baptist or some super progressive leftist.


Likely neither. She's probably just a click starved journalist.


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YoungManOldMan
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Ash Williams
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
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Sarah Grobety is a 90 year old bore disguised as a 20-year-old mass communication junior from Atlanta, Georgia.



She's acting like somebody is trapping her arse in new orleans during mardi gras

Hey Sarah, you know those 1.2 million people that go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras?

They go because they WANT to go.

They are, as you say
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drunk people just trying to have fun.


and by the way

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While the city did make the money back fourfold by the end of the season


is a huge incentive to keep mardi gras



also:
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373 people arrested in 12 days for all sorts of offenses


is not unusual for New Orleans at all

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Many of the arrests were for weapons, and 39 guns were confiscated during that period


if only 39 guns were confiscated, my guess is that not many of the arrests were for weapons

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Rape, armed robbery, assault and other offenses happen often, as well.


again, this is new orleans, of course those things are happening

is it okay? no, but dont act like Mardi Gras causes it

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ZIGG
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
Fortunately no one cares what a 20-year old, know it all, social justice warrior from Georgia thinks.


SlowFlowPro
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
i mean i have my issues with MG but holy shite. that's what you call RAMBLING


el Gaucho
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
Well then why don't you do that and post pics for us. I've been here since 2010 you can't talk to me like that


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CarRamrod
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re: LSU Reveille Writer slams NOLA Mardi Gras
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all you gotta do is type her name into google


the just post her pic doofus.


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