Indeed, I visited #NOLA
one Thanksgiving with a friend who lived there. I, too, noticed that Bourbon Street smelled of urine.
I did get to see the Ninth Ward and one of the levees. There are houses right across the street from that giant wall. I saw houses that remained empty, years after Katrina, and homes that were elevated to various levels, even next to one another. I was quite uncomfortable looking up at the levee, and I was also uncomfortable driving across the water to get there.
I think all in all, it was a worthwhile visit, but I did not even get to hear a musical performance.