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Torchlight parade down St. Chares Avenue to honor Harry Lee January 18, 2008

Posted by The Typist in Carnival, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, NOLA, Odds&Sods, Toulouse Street, We Are Not OK.
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Did this really happen? Could anyone be this stupid? The notoriously racist Harry Lee, deceased sheriff of suburban Jefferson Parish, to be honored by the Bacchus Parade?

This item appeared then quickly disappeared from the New Orleans Times-Picayune NOLA.Com newsfeed. I like to think it was a prank, but perhaps someone thought better of it: for example, the N.O.P.D who would have to contain the crowds closer to downtown that would as like as not wrest away a flambeaux torch and and toss it onto the float.

This is a brilliant idea. Parade an effigy of a man noted for his racist views through uptown New Orleans. Were they hoping to provoke a race riot? Or were they just terminally stupid? Was this to be a torchlight parade? Would it feature a burning cross?

Bacchus to announce Harry Lee tribute today

by The Times-Picayune

Thursday January 17, 2008, 9:07 AM

The Krewe of Bacchus will announce today plans to pay tribute to the late Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee.

The announcement will be made at a 4 p.m. news conference attended by Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand; Lee’s widow, Lai Lee; daughter, Cynthia Lee Sheng; executive members of the Krewe of Bacchus along with Mardi Gras artist Michael Hunt.

Update: No, I guess it wasn’t a prank or a terrible mistake. What a grand way to start off the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial weekend.

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1. J Bogatz - February 7, 2008

If 1) stating the fact that most murders in New Orleans are black on black crimes is “racist” and 2) trying to stop it by suggesting that police search young men standing on the corner at all hours of the night –who are probably selling dope and carrying illegal weapons -is racist, then go ahead and call him a racist. He was telling you and all of us the truth and like the King’s New Clothes, nobody wants to admit it. He even said that if the black community leaders were against it, then he wouldn’t do it, he’d just go back to filling the body bags. The truth hurts. And that’s my opinion. If my son is hanging out on the corner at 2AM alone or with part of a gang, he should be questioned and searched. If you want to live in a civilized society, you have to play by some rules, not make your own.

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