A couple of NOLA locals have decided to seize the opportunity when the road falls out. In Carson Rapose's case, he wants to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the best way he knows how: partying New Orleans-style.
The Facebook invite to the first-ever Sinkhole de Mayo party on Canal Street reads: "Celebrate another 'Catastrophic Failure' the best way we know how: dancing, drinking, and general revelry. Bring your instruments, sombreros, and margaritas, bring your traffic cone pinatas, and your makeshift maracas."
Since then, the event invite has gone completely viral, even causing the block party to be moved to a more appropriate area due to safety concerns from local police. The party has now been moved to Woldenberg Park in front of the Aquarium of the Americas, but the time and date have not changed.
Participants are encouraged to pick up their trash, not to bring glass and to stay on the sidewalks and neutral ground.
"We try to put on events like this through the year but this has by far gotten the most publicity," said Rapose when speaking with NOLA.com about the block party.
As of Wednesday morning, over 1,200 people had RSVP'd on Facebook that they're attending and over 2,400 have indicated they're interested.