QUESTION: Hi Arthur! I grew up in New Orleans but left after Katrina. Sad, I know. What are some of the biggest differences between pre-Katrina and post-Katrina Mardi Gras seasons?

ARTHUR HARDY: The biggest difference I see is the explosion in female parading organizations.

QUESTION: If you’re riding in Endymion, Bacchus and other big parades, how much does one person spend on membership fees and throws?

ARTHUR: There is no average, because some people are extremely generous with the amount they spend on throws. However, I doubt anyone spends less than $1,500 on dues and throws in any of those parades.

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