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Marching with the Saints 

Mardi Gras 2006 may have in some senses been a confidence builder, showing that the city was up and running and could welcome visitors. But it was also important in more personal ways to many locals who may have lost homes or suffered other setbacks but who never lost their spirit and wouldn't give up the city's cultural richness. Filmmaker and part-time New Orleanian Mike Carroll sought to capture that richness in his film Marching With the Saints, which documents the city's first Carnival after the storm. The film recently won the "Follow Your Spirit" grand festival prize at the Aloha Spirit Film Festival in Hawaii. Carroll filmed everything from Mardi Gras Indian big chiefs in their feathered finery to the Orpheus ball and more. The film is set to the music of New Orleans and features local musicians such as John BouttŽ, James Andrews, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Kermit Ruffins and others. This screening is its New Orleans premiere. Tickets $10. -- Will Coviello

8 p.m. Thu., Nov. 2

Canal Place Cinemas, 333 Canal St., third floor, 581-5400; www.marchingwiththesaints.com

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