While the party is undoubtedly the draw for thousands upon thousands of people to flock to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, for Britney Spears, this year’s celebration took on a different meaning.

Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos spoke with Britney in the heart of the French Quarter to find out what made this year’s event different from all the rest, in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina just six months ago.

“Tell me why you thought it was important to be here,” Maria asked Britney.

“I think it’s just important for New Orleans because they’re such a soulful city, that for them to keep the traditions going as much as possible now, they need this – the spirit of it,” the Louisiana native told Maria.

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