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Mardi Gras Gives: Relief for New Orleans BIPOC & Female Bartenders

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New Orleans has been a Mecca for decadence and outsiders. Its a unique city where music, art, history, food, and people of different ethnicities, nationalities, and sexual orientation mix like gumbo and mingle like mud and the Mississippi.

LGBTQ+ have been there from the beginning and many of the city's bartenders represent minority groups (people of color, women, queers) who are particularly impacted by the pandemic.

Even yours truly once slung drinks behind a bar in 'Nawlins. Usually, at this time of year, a million tourists cram into the city's French Quarter to celebrate Mardi Gras, but this year instead of the excesses of Fat Tuesday, the city has faced the austerity of lent all year, and those in the service industry are baring the.

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