Although he does not believe that was the case, Morial does admit, "That scar has remained as part of the civil lore in the community. A sense that in the hurricane, there will be priorities and those that are secondary."
Those who have been most affected by Hurricane Katrina are largely the African-American community, which comprises two-thirds of the home to Mardi Gras.
"They make the city what it is. They are the soul. They are the spirit. They are the workers," attests Morial. "They are the people who make the music. They are the people who make New Orleans what it is."
ABC News' David Scott, Rhonda Schwartz, Jill Rackmill, Maddy Sauer, Avni Patel, and Simon Surowicz contributed to this report.