On Tuesday night we went to City Park to listen to some live music and watch the fireworks. I can honestly say that it was the most active and exciting fireworks show I’ve ever seen. There was a huge crowd of people and the fireworks were super impressive. Unlike the somewhat unfriendly New Yorkers that I’m used to at home, the people at the show were talking to strangers without hesitation and making conversation naturally. Somehow, I found myself having a catch with a young three year old named Finley. I learned an interesting lesson from my boss when she said that anything is an excuse for a celebration in New Orleans.
On a different note, last weekend we went to the zoo. I always feel a little bad to see the animals locked up, but at the same time, it was really awesome to be at the zoo for the first time since elementary school. They even had an exhibit of just Louisiana wildlife!
Then, the next day, we went to a play called “Crowns” which described stories related to different hats that people wear. It was rooted in the African-American experience in the south and had very strong roots in Catholicism, and I was very moved. It was really cool to see the whole crowd at the play cheer and holler and relate so well to the play. I know that this play would not do well in New York because people there are not so religious, and it is interesting to see the vast cultural differences between these two cities in America. People here don’t ask “what is your religion”, but instead “what is your denomination”, thereby assuming you to be a Christian. That’s all folks, see you next time.