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  1. Katrina's mess

    A junked car lies near empty houses in the Lakeview neighborhood near the site of the levee breach on the 17th Street Canal, August 29, 2005. More than five months after caused by Hurricane Katrina made landfall, there was little progress in some areas of New Orleans. Today, tours are offered to visitors to have a better understanding of events pre and post Katrina. (David Rae Morris / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Big Easy blues

    Costumed revelers dressed as blue roof tarps pose at the annual MOMs Ball, thrown each year by the Krewe of Misfits, Orphans and Mystics in New Orleans. Many of this years Mardi Gras floats and costumes reference the blue tarps that still protect broken roofs across the city after Hurricane Katrina. (Matthew Cavanaugh / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Soul sounds

    Jen Pearl (L) and Michelle Loughnane stand under an umbrella with a reference to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, April 2006. Jazz Fest '07 will be held on April 27-29 and May 4-6. (Lee Celano / Reuters via Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Dancing in the streets

    A member of the Young Olympia Aide and New Look Social Aid and Pleasure Club dances in a second line parade at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. (Lee Celano / Reuters via Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Jeweled celebration

    Members of the Krewe of Thoth throw beads as they travel down St. Charles Avenue where thousands of revelers showed up to enjoy 2006 Mardi Gras festivities. Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday") is the day before Ash Wednesday, and a celebration of the last the day before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Mardi Gras 2007 will be observed on Feb. 20. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters via Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Eye candy

    Revelers ogle a woman exposing herself on Bourbon St. during Mardi Gras festivities in the French Quarter of New Orleans. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters via Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Closing time

    Orleans Parish mounted Police Officers march down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter announcing the official end of Mardi Gras 2006. (Sean Gardner / Reuters via Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A shout for freedom

    "Big Chief" Victor Armstrong wears an elaborate Mardi Gras Indian costume. The Indian tradition of Mardi Gras pays homage to the relationship between Native Americans and escaped African slaves of the 1700s. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters via Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 10/26/2007 3:16:17 PM ET 2007-10-26T19:16:17

Sinead O'Connor, Dr. John, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Black Crowes and Rage Against the Machine are among the musical acts headlining this weekend's Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.

The three-day festival begins Friday on the grounds of New Orleans City Park and will include a host of Louisiana acts, among them Theresa Andersson, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Ivan Neville and his band, Dumpstaphunk, Marc Broussard, Irma Thomas and the New Orleans Social Club.

Other featured acts include Wilco, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Fall Out Boy, Mute Math and Plain White T's.

"I'm extremely proud of the lineup," said Steve Rehage, whose company, Rehage Entertainment Inc., produces the Voodoo Music Experience.

This is the festival's 10th season.

Voodoo was the first music festival to return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Two months after the storm, a scaled-down Voodoo Fest was held in Riverview Park along the Mississippi River. Headliners Nine Inch Nails and the New York Dolls donated their services; tickets were given away.

Last year, Voodoo returned to a new City Park site surrounding the New Orleans Museum of Art—the site the festival is using again this year.

The surprising success of the 2006 festival, where an estimated 90,000 fans turned out over two days headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Duran Duran, emboldened organizers to expand to three days.

Performances begin around 10:30 a.m. Some shows run as late as 10 p.m.

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