Mardi Gras By The Numbers

Mardi Gras By the Numbers
Assignment 4 – Highcharts
Gina Gayle

This is Mardi Gras season and I miss being in the south this time of year. As a photojournalist, I have covered Mardi Gras many times but one of the images I have never gotten was of the cleanup afterwards. It has fascinated me how the city totally stops at midnight and the cleaning begins, as does Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

This chart gives information about some of the numbers associated with the Mardi Gras season. I was fascinated by the amount of beads, trash and money spent during the season and therefore I created map from the numbers I could find in various articles (their links are below). The success of Mardi Gras used to be measured in terms of how much trash was collected, but Ray Nagin, former Mayor of New Orleans, stopped that in 2003 because he did not want the amount of trash to determine the success of Mardi Gras. But it is easy to assume that the more trash collected means more people were in attendance. The numbers were not readily available for the first Mardi Gras season after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 but there was a shortened Mardi Gras season and fewer parades as the city and residents returned and rebuilt their lives.


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