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Hurricane Katrina, 8 Years On: Remembrances, March, Hip-Hop

Eight years ago today, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, setting off a chain of events that eventually left 80 percent of the city underwater, and killed more than 1,800 people. While the numbers of the annual Katrina Index offer a stark reminder of the daunting work surrounding the recovery, many New Orleanians will choose to find comfort away from the numbers. From the hip-hop rev to a backatown parade, a series of events are slated to mark the day, as well as remember all those who have yet to come home.


At 8:30 a.m., a wreath laying ceremony is set to take place at the Katrina Memorial at 5056 Canal St. where 100 unidentified victims of the floodwaters are buried. Mayor Mitch Landrieu as well as other dignitaries are set to be on hand for the event. The event is organized by the  Crescent City Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, The Orleans Embalmers and Associates, the Louisiana Morticians and Funeral Directors Association, as well as embalmers and funeral directors from across Louisiana.


In Lakeview, where the breach at the 17th Street Canal sent floodwaters rising up to 14 feet, residents will offer a remembrance of neighbors who didn't survive the deluge. At 10 a.m., the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association is organizing a wreath-laying at the neighborhood sign located at Fleur de Lis Dr. and Old Hammond Highway. The wreath will be hung by NOPD recruits, NOFD Engine and EMS responders.


The downtown wards will hold a commemoration of the levee breaches in the Lower 9th Ward, then march through the area to the 7th Ward. At 10 a.m., residents and others will mark the levee breaches at Jourdan Ave. and N. Galvez St. in the Lower 9th Ward. 



From there, a march will proceed through the downtown neighborhoods to Hunter's Field at the corner of St. Bernard Ave. and N. Claiborne. Performances are expected from NOLA rappers Juvenile, Partners N Crime and many more. 


At Dillard University, the hip-hop rev will be reflecting on the day. The Rev. Lennox Yearwood, a Louisiana native who chairs the D.C.-based Hip-Hop Caucus, is set to speak at Lawless Chapel on the university's campus at 11 a.m. Yearwood will speak again later in the day at 6 p.m. at Christian Unity Baptist Church (1700 Conti St.). Yearwood and the Hip-Hop Caucus look to engage the younger generation in working for social change.


--Stephen Babcock

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