Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Meanwhile, in Jefferson Parish, Mexican food is now illegal
Well, not quite. But almost. Jefferson Parish, for those who aren't from here, is the suburban "county" that borders Orleans Parish. It is the Parish whose police used the threat of gunfire to force people back into flooded Orleans Parish during the hurricane. And now they are trying to outlaw the taco trucks that arrived with construction workers after the storm. Most of my friends have been totally psyched by the arrival of actual Mexican food. But the leadership of Jefferson Parish feels that the presence of Mexican food is an uncomfortable reminder of the hardships faced after the storm. So they are ticketing and fining the operators of these mobile kitchens. This is a great of example of many hideous things, but also of just how lucky Jefferson Parish has been if a taco is an example of the worst that has happened to them.