So far, tropical storm Lee hasn't been a weather monster. Its rains brought relief to a drought in southern Louisiana and quenched a marsh fire that had blanketed New Orleans with smoke.
Thankfully, tropical storm Lee has so far proven to be less of a weather monster than a Labor Day washout, its rains bringing relief to a longstanding drought in southern Louisiana and quenching a marsh fire that had blanketed metro New Orleans with smoke and sent scores of residents to local hospitals.
While the storm closed Grand Isle and other Gulf beaches for the holiday weekend – a blow to coastal areas that are still recovering from the economic disaster of last year’s BP oil spill – New Orleans’ French Quarter remained busy Sunday afternoon, with poncho-draped visitors venturing out between bands of rainfall.
Southern Decadence, an annual Labor Day gay pride event that usually draws over 100,000 visitors, went on as planned with a beauty contest and walking parade down Royal Street.
“This is usually our busiest weekend of the year and this year is no exception,” said Wendi Salciccia of Bijou Nola, a jewelry shop just off of Royal Street. “Katrina happened on this same weekend, and people here are justifiably nervous about watching a storm in the Gulf, but that’s life in New Orleans. You don’t get used to it, you just learn to roll with it.”