Dan Ellis is this week's COW. His nominator writes, "When Katrina hit five years ago, she wiped Dan Ellis' life clean. His home and most all of his possessions were lost. Rather than retire into self-pity and anger, Dan picked himself up and moved to Eureka. Among his many contributions to the city are this year's 5th annual Mardi Gras festivities. Dan organizes everything and even builds the King and Queen floats in his backyard. He doesn't take a dime for his efforts, but I think he feels very well paid when he sees all those smiles along the parade route. Dan is a great guy and a wonderful asset to this city."