The Mardi Gras ribbons on Kleinert Avenue have been removed, but the loving sentiment the ribbons represented will long be remembered. The ribbons tied around fifty of the great live oak trees on Kleinert Avenue, were lovingly placed there in honor of Dr. Katherine Lindley Spaht Dodson, a former resident of the Garden District. Dr. Spaht Dodson tragically lost her life in January.
Dr. Katherine Lindley Spaht Dodson grew up in the Garden District and her parents still live in the neighborhood. Dr. Dodson loved the Mardi Gras season and to pay tribute to their dear friend and loved one, several neighbors of Dr. Dodson’s parents including Lance Hayes and Andrew Avant decided to tie the traditional Mardi Gras-colored ribbons around the oaks to show their respect and celebrate her life and love of Mardi Gras. This touching acknowledgement of Dr. Dodson’s life and legacy was spotlighted in the Baton Rouge magazine InRegister. Read on for the complete story.
Allison, Ariana. Kleinert Avenue. Photograph of Mardi Gras ribbons on Kleinert Avenue. InRegister Magazine. 11 Feb. 2021, https://www.inregister.com/features/garden-districts-mardi-gras-trees-pay-tribute-to-the-memory-of-lindley-dodson?fbclid=IwAR3TV6wDBSYs6g7y_VwWrr-_a4bXJ0vYRVJVcL37qEU-B9up6s0kHyYD2mY. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.