Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary events offer varied ways to mark Aug. 29

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, Aug. 29, is a day that each New Orleanian will choose to acknowledge in his or her own way. The calendar is packed with commemorative events.

For some, the day will be an opportunity for quiet reflection at one of the memorial services to remember the 1,800 lives lost in the storm, including the city’s “Power of Community” event at the Smoothie King Center. Others might strive to make positive change by participating in one of 100 volunteer projects that make up a citywi

Some communities will show their solidarity with second-lines and political marches; others, with block parties and picnics.

And for some people, the day simply will be an opportunity to gather their family close, give thanks for having survived the past decade, and enjoy a day of free admission at the Louisiana Children’s Museum or the New Orleans Museum of Art.

New Orleans Chess Fest Rosa Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St. To mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, chess master Jude Acers will play simultaneous chess games against 29 local scholastic chess players, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. The goal is to help teach children a game that rewards careful planning, creative thinking, and stubborn tenacity. Seats limited. For information, or to register, email

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