In 2000, Jazzland opened up to great aplomb and when the struggling amusement park was purchased by theme park chain Six Flags, undoubtedly locals had visions of the park becoming a New Orleans institution for generations to come. Then, the double whammy of Hurricane Katrina and the economy downturn happened. Now, Six Flags New Orleans sits, abandoned and decaying, a haven for graffiti artists and people with a love of vandalism. Oh, and photographers looking to capture creepy pictures, like this gallery of disturbing shots from Web Urbanist.
On its own, the park’s Mardi Gras theme is pretty creepy. I’ve seen too many horror movies about voodoo killers hiding out in the Mardi Gras parade not to be a little disturbed (plus all the stomach-turning clowns). When you add in all that decay from six years of abandonment, the taggers and smash-ups, all the storm damage, and the general state of disarray, you’ve got yourself a really disturbing tableau of images.
It’s the perfect amusement park for a ghost town, but not for a reviving city like New Orleans. Then again Six Flags won’t even keep open parks that aren’t destroyed by hurricanes in an effort to save money/make more money, so you can’t expect them to invest in this property. It’ll be swamps again before you know it.
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