DISASTERS

Trumpets and tears: New Orleans, Gulf Coast mark Katrina milestone and look to future

  • Former President Bill Clinton speaks at an event marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in New Orleans. The event also featured remarks by House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    Former President Bill Clinton speaks at an event marking the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in New Orleans. The event also featured remarks by House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)  (The Associated Press)

  • People dance in a second-line parade as it leaves the floodwall of the Industrial Canal  at the spot of the breach during Hurricane Katrina, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the storm in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Residents in Mississippi and Louisiana were marking the somber anniversary by paying homage to those who died in Katrina, to thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come since the hurricane struck. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    People dance in a second-line parade as it leaves the floodwall of the Industrial Canal at the spot of the breach during Hurricane Katrina, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the storm in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Residents in Mississippi and Louisiana were marking the somber anniversary by paying homage to those who died in Katrina, to thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come since the hurricane struck. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Joe Johnson watches with his bicycle as people walk with a second-line parade commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Residents in Mississippi and Louisiana were marking the somber anniversary by paying homage to those who died in Katrina, to thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come since the hurricane struck. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Joe Johnson watches with his bicycle as people walk with a second-line parade commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Residents in Mississippi and Louisiana were marking the somber anniversary by paying homage to those who died in Katrina, to thank those who came to rebuild and celebrate how far the region has come since the hurricane struck. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

The Gulf Coast and New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in ways both devout and festive.

During an evening celebration Saturday New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu pointed out the ways in which many people doubted the city could — or should — survive. But said that 10 years later New Orleans is still standing.

The storm killed more than 1,800 people and caused tens of billions in damage.

Many of the dead came in New Orleans when levees protecting the city burst, submerging 80 percent of the city in water.

In Mississippi church bells rang out to commemorate the storm's landfall. And dignitaries thanked the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who have come to the coast to help rebuild.