New Orleans and the bicentennial that wasn't

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The 100-year celebration didn't go so well "New Orleans will conduct a celebration that will send its echoes around the world," runs the lead of a 1917 Times-Picayune story announcing plans for the city's bicentennial celebration. Drawing on materials that recently had surfaced in French archives," the story said, city planners had pegged the date of the city's founding as Feb. 9, 1718 — coincidentally, the bicentennial would be the Saturday before Mardi Gras.…
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New Orleans and the bicentennial that wasn't

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