Government & Politics

What price crunk?

You really can’t put a price on getting crunk.

Still, the Ying Yang Twins, performers of the Saints anthem “Halftime (Stand up and Get Crunk!), had to put a price on their appearance with Mayor Ray Nagin at the Super Bowl celebration parade.

Nagin recently signed a contract to pay the hip-hop stars up to $2,100 for singing their hit song at Gallier Hall with a passel of politicians. They then got to watch the black and gold take a beaded victory lap around the Central Business District.

The contract was recently posted on the city Web site.

Likewise, Nagin signed a two-page contract to pay for catering at the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball. The contract doesn’t get into the specifics of what is to be provided, but it referred to the original bid for services. The city’s online database shows the city plans to pay up to $36,539 for catering.

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Steve Beatty is the publisher and chief executive officer of The Lens. He worked as an editor for The Times-Picayune for 15 years, leaving New Orleans just before Katrina to take a position as an editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and quickly rising through the ranks to be an editor of the newspaper’s watchdog investigative team. He returned to New Orleans in May of 2009. He can be reached at (504) 655-2375.

  • Would they play my party for $2,100? Because that sounds like a good deal.

  • Sad that the only sound payment the city has made to anyone was to the Ying Yang Twins.