A symbolic funeral incorporating “farewell Katrina” messages was just one of several ceremonies held to mark the fifth anniversary of the hurricane which devastated the US Gulf coast.
With the November congressional elections firmly in mind President Barack Obama and his family also paid a visit to New Orleans pledging to finish restoring the area.
“On this fifth anniversary I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly, my administration is going to stay with you fight alongside you until the job is done, until New Orleans is all the way back,” said President Obama.
More than 1800 people died after Katrina slammed into the region, flooding and destroying homes.
The slow response of Obama’s Republican predecessor, played out live on television, brought forth accusations that a wealthy white dominated administration cared little about the predominantly black and poor south.