Laissez les bons temps rouler - the musical soul of a city
In the United States, of course, by far the biggest and most famous carnival is the New Orleans Mardi Gras. No big city in America has a richer local culture or is more steeped in music, without which “New Orleans” would be as hollow an identity as New York without skyscrapers or San Francisco without hills and the Bay. Other US cities host significant amounts of music, of course – the industry hubs in Nashville and Austin, the blues in Chicago; even Seattle, Athens and Minneapolis had their runs. But in New Orleans, music isn’t hosted so much as lived. It’s been intrinsic to the city since, well, since there has been much of a city to speak of.