Gay pride security: Local says, 'New Orleans is a safe city'
NEW ORLEANS - A band at New Orleans Pridefest 2016 played the Mardi Gras Indian song "Iko Iko" with a gay pride twist, singing, "We won't run and we won't hide ... Gonna fill this world with love and pride."
About 100 people listened, danced and took selfies behind a barricade on that block Sunday afternoon, and about as many more listened farther down Bourbon Street.
Sheila Frost of Slidell, her 14-year-old daughter, Emma, and a friend of Emma's, also 14, were dancing. Frost said she hadn't worried about security even before officials said Thursday that it would be increased.
Other locals agreed. Brent Chauvin, in drag, said, "New Orleans is a safe city."
Crystal Luna of Tampa, Florida, and Joelasa Oquendo, of Odessa, Texas, said they'd been a bit worried, but were reassured by the number of uniformed police officers.