According to FOX NEWS At least 17 people shot today in the 7th Ward of New Orleans attending a Mothers’ Day Parade celebration. Other news sources report that the victims included 10 men, seven women, a boy and a girl. The children, both 10 years old, were grazed and in good condition.

The detail map below shows the location of the shooters. Multiple shooters from various locations opened fire on the parade in the poor district that has recovered only approximately 60% of its pre-flood population. Many stores, homes and commercials sites remain boarded up.



The Mayor was quoted as saying “These kinds of incidents will not go unanswered. Somebody knows something. The way to stop this violence is for you all to help,”

He went on to ask those who may have information or who have might have phone-recorded some video from the shootings to come forward. The FBI is assisting local police in the shootings.


May 12, 2013: New Orleans Police investigate shooting at the intersection Frenchman Street at N. Villere on Mother’s Day in New Orleans. Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a Mother’s Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 17, police said.



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Thanksgiving Parade

It is Thanksgiving Day morning and the aroma of a cooking turkey fills the house. The traditions of Thanksgiving Day are many but one of the very best is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is one of those traditions that make Thanksgiving what it ought to be. The television will play the commentary of the parade while we go on about getting everything ready for the real Thanksgiving Day parade. Do you know the one I am talking about?

Like any parade, it starts off with some loud fanfare and then falls  into a rhythm. It kicks off with a bang, louts of shouts and talking; lots of noise and then everyone settles in for those who are later in the parade. I’m talking about the arrival of family to the side door (family comes in through the garage, the front door is for visitors!) There will be plenty of time to catch up. The ladies invariably go to the apron drawer, select and don an apron as they smoothly slide into a helping role in the kitchen. At the same time, the men slide into a La-Z-Boy and await the ‘Rockettes’ arrival in the Macy’s Parade. Of course, no parade would be complete without the children. You have the one’s who arrive, just barely awakened from a nap in the car alongside those with enough energy to push a car (in ‘park’)! There are the children that have a tear in their eye and a sniffle in their nose from a very clear behavior modification that has just recently  taken place and we must not forget the handlers! A very important part of the family parade it is the person, usuallly a husband, who is handling, in the most precarious way, a dessert or two, a wrapped gift that wife loving hollers to remind hi is very breakable and a diaper bag, car seat, and camera! Then comes, of course, the loud, back-slapper uncle with the quiet dimure wife at his side, she anxious to get to the kitche and finally the family that, even if you told them 11am tor a 1pm dinner, they would still be late!

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – Rockettes

The parade has all passed under your door frame, some through the front door, but most through the garage. After the ceremonial placing of the card table where the children, who have not yet graduated  to the main table, will  sit and eat. Finally, the parade has come to an end and the participants all gather around and hold hands where the Guest of Honor will be humbly thanked for all His provision across the year. Ah, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, even Mr. Macy could not have envisioned a scene so grand!

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