Mardi gras masks for sale in a shop in the French Quarter: Tourism in the city is up, although summer is not high season because of the hot weather. Five years after hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, parts have been rebuilt and are prospering, while others are still derelect.
Dance-oriented bounce music, a hip-hop variant unique to New Orleans, is tapped by hitmakers.
The EPA says some communities in Louisiana face a 'moderate health risk' due to hydrocarbon fumes from the Gulf oil spill. Researchers will report air quality findings this week.
News that the leak has stopped, at least for now, prompts a national high-five, if not a whoop of joy. Eighty-eight days of Gulf oil spill minutiae may have dampened interest among the US public.
Criticism of Obama for his handling of the Gulf oil spill, though still muted, sounds much like that of President Bush after Katrina.
Offshore drilling: Judge Martin Feldman, who overturned the government's moratorium on offshore drilling for oil, has reported owning stock in Transocean Ltd, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig which exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico over two months ago.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has already led to a 10-day shutdown of fishing off parts of the Louisiana coast. New Orleans restaurants are coping, but they're also planning for worse to come.
A Super Bowl parade is planned for Tuesday, complete with marching bands, Mardi Gras floats, and thousands of elated fans.