Thursday, March 27, 2008


After a very welcome sleep in a hotel bed, we awoke to a great breakfast buffet here at the Holiday Inn. The Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble played really well at De La Salle High School this morning. Even better was the enthusiasm, hospitality, and kindness of the De La Salle students and staff. Many of us had to hold back tears as the principal expressed her appreciation for all that Saint Pat's has done for De La Salle after Hurricane Katrina. What an awesome experience for our guys! Here's a pic of the combined SPHS & DHS groups led by their director Mike Orkus:

Following the concert we eventually made it to the New Orleans chapter of the American Red Cross to deliver over 100 emergency kits and other supplies. We also provided some help in their offices and at their previous site that was damaged by the hurricane.

We then went to the Aquarium of the Americas and saw a fantastic IMAX movie entitled Hurricane on the Bayou. It chronicles the damage of Katrina and illustrates how the vanishing wetlands worsened the damage. Very moving...

Well we need to leave for some authentic New Orleans cuisine at Michaul's Restaurant and then head off on our Haunted Tour of New Orleans. Ooooooooo......

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