The city planned services for Sunday night, and a march is scheduled in the still devastated Lower 9th Ward. Many of the houses there are still vacant.
"Things are much better than they were five years ago. we really have focused on rebuilding and restoring and now we are moving onto the next chapter," said Luanne Dozier, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
When the storm tore through protective levees in 2005, 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded, and more than 1,800 people died.