Three Katrina Victims Experience Black Gold Magic

Many communties in the gulf coast continue to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. A healing process that could take years.

Several Katrina victims, who for one day, had a reason to celebrate with some of those that helped them in their darkest hour as Grand Marshals of Hazard's Black Gold Festival.

When does a parade become something more.

How about when a community embraces three Hurricane Katrina victims as three of their own.

One year ago, Larry Randall and his wife Beth of Pearlington, Mississippi and Danny Blanchard of New Orleans will tell you they couldn't find Hazard, Kentucky on a map.

This year, they've found themselves as co-grand marshals of Hazard's Black Gold Festival Parade.

For many in the gulf coast region, this past year played out like a nightmare when their lives were torn a part.

But when times seemed the bleakest many volunteers from around the country began arriving.

Including one group from Hazard who made some lasting impressions.

As the Hazard groups continued to visit they developed new friendships and a very special bond with each of them.

That's why beneath the marching bands, cotton candy, and funnel cakes this festival stood for something more.

A chance for three people to celebrate...

All three of the gulf coast grand marshals say there's still so much work to be done in the hurricane devastated areas.

Each say that they cannot thank the people of eastern Kentucky enough for all that they've done.

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