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Gambit’s first issue after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods was dated Nov. 1, 2005 — All Saints’ Day, a day of resurrection and remembrance.

Here are some of the stories we produced in those uncertain times, from reporting on the hard-hit Lower 9th Ward to Mid-City, where residents still were living without electricity four months after the disaster.

As New Orleanians struggled to cope, the paper chronicled it all: the hapless performance of Mayor Ray Nagin, the city’s arts and culture scene struggling back to life and the act of defiance that was Mardi Gras 2006.


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PICKING UP THE PIECES
Nov. 1, 2005

The cover story in Gambit’s first post-Katrina issue asked local leaders what we must do to bring back New Orleans — and what mistakes we couldn’t afford to make. (We made some of them.)


“WE WANT ANSWERS!”

Nov. 8, 2005

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade struggled to help residents of St. Bernard Parish deal with post-Katrina questions.



RADIO FREE NEW ORLEANS

Nov. 8, 2005

WWOZ-FM finally returned to broadcasting in New Orleans in October. “We’re up and running, but just barely,” said station manager David Freedman.


LAST OF THE 9TH
Nov. 22, 2005

“The Lower Ninth Ward was an historic black neighborhood, home to Fats Domino, abandoned by government, cut off from the rest of the city and the ‘murder capital of the murder capital.’ Now that it has been destroyed by Katrina, will its loyal inhabitants return?”

Katy Reckdahl recounted her son’s birth in Touro Infirmary — and their subsequent flight from New Orleans — as Hurricane Katrina raged.



DOG GONE
Dec. 8, 2005

Animal rescuers poured into Louisiana to save evacuees’ pets, but the sheer number of displaced and homeless animals soon overwhelmed good intentions.

In the final installment of his series “Submerged,” Gambit editor Michael Tisserand explained his decision to leave the city he loves. (Spoiler: He came back.)



WIGGING OUT
Dec. 15, 2005

“Stressed, depressed and drinking more, the people of New Orleans are behaving pretty much as we should.”


PO’ BETTER
Dec. 15, 2005

With the Leidenheimer Baking Co. making bread again, the city’s po-boy shops began to return, and crowds were eager for a taste of debris amid all the debris.

Four months after the disaster, Mid-City residents still had no electricity; they were living by candlelight and coolers.


WHY MARDI GRAS MATTERS
Jan. 17, 2006

In an editorial, Gambit answered those who thought New Orleans shouldn’t celebrate Carnival in the midst of its greatest struggle.


“The real damage can be counted in the millions — if not billions — in federal and private sector aid this clown is going to cost our city.”



UPSTAGED
Jan. 24, 2006

“Katrina has rewritten the script for the local live theater season, but managers have shown they know how to improvise.”


GENEROUS HELPINGS
Jan. 31, 2006

Food lovers pitched in to help gut and rebuild their favorite New Orleans restaurants.




OH YESSSSS!!
Feb. 7, 2006

“Mr. Bill” creator Walter Williams wanted to help bring back New Orleans — and he was the first post-Katrina grand marshal of the Krewe du Vieux.

Tagging along with a Mardi Gras tradition: the “bone gangs,” or skeletons.

“The taped refrigerators marched, the corpses floated by, the Krewe du Jieux rotated in a mad bearded hora like rabbis on speed, two huge naked papier-mache women named Katrina and Rita were having lesbian sex…”


In which Mayor Ray Nagin, up for a second term, faced a 100 percent recognition rating in the city — but only 44 percent approval after his “Chocolate City” comment.




A visual look at Gambit's first issue back and what New Orleans was like ten weeks following Katrina:

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