Sinkhole de Mayo organizers find reason to party near Canal St. collapse

Sinkhole de Mayo organizers find reason to party near Canal St. collapse

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A section of one of the most well-known streets in New Orleans collapsed last week, but that won't keep spirits from crumbling. In fact, why not throw a party?

That's what one group proposed about the hole that opened up in the 300 block of Canal St.

"Come out to the first ever Sinkhole de Mayo. Celebrate another 'Catastrophic Failure' the best way we know how: dancing, drinking, and general revelry. Bring your instruments, sombreros and margaritas, bring your traffic cone pinatas, and your makeshift maracas," a post on the Facebook Sinkhole de Mayo event page said.

It's scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday at "Sinkhole & Canal St."

The event grew as fast as the hole in the street. One of the organizers of the Facebook page acknowledged they could run into some problems.

"As this has obviously gone far more viral beyond a few friends joking around, there are safety issues we're facing," Chrissy Gross wrote. "The ground around our friend 'Sinky' isn't too stable and the city is (rightfully) concerned about 1000 people hangin' out on it. We're trying to figure out a safer place still close to Sinky that we can meet up. Keep an eye on here and we'll keep y'all posted."

Co-organizer Carson Rapose told | The Times-Picayune they do not have a permit for the Sinkhole de Mayo party and he has no idea what to expect from the event.

But, by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, more than 800 RSVP'd for the party. Almost 2,000 people said they are interested in going.

The organizers knew they couldn't let this opportunity crumble. Gross announced late Tuesday afternoon Sinkhole de Mayo will be held at Woldenberg Riverfront Park by the entrance to the Aquarium of the Americas - a safe distance away from the sinkhole. There's still no word on a permit.

Technically, the hole on Canal St. isn't a sinkhole. It's the result of a manmade structure collapsing because of wood damaged by moisture. A sinkhole is a geological event.

But Collapse de Mayo doesn't have the same ring to it. And you wouldn't be able to do the Sinky Leg [Ed note. That dance doesn't really exist, but it should after Thursday].

City officials said the hole could take up to six months and $5 million to repair. One definition of sinkhole in Merriam Webster calls it "something that steadily drains money or resources."

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