Mardi Gras Indians accompany the hearse Saturday, July 15, 2017, for the funeral of Isaac ìMr. Ikeî Edward Jr., 94, a retired longshoreman and the oldest-known Mardi Gras Indian, in Central City. Edward died Wednesday at Heritage Manor nursing home in Houma, where heíd settled after Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters destroyed his New Orleans home. While hospitalized last month, Edward phoned many of the cityís big chiefs to instruct them about his funeral. He asked that the song ëIndian Redí be sung twice, once during the service and once on the streets; he asked Roslyn Smith to make chocolate cake for funeral-goers; and he decided who should speak. ëTell them not to talk long,í he told Cherice Harrison-Nelson, big queen of the Guardians of the Flame. Overall, he wanted crowds of Indians ëand so much dancing that the dust comes up,í he told her. Survivors include two sons, Isaac Edward III and Billy Williams, and six grandchildren.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD

The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. The "difficult recovery from Katrina" was actually a difficult recovery from the failure of the federal flood walls and levees designed and built by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

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