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Mardi Gras has dragons, beads and loud music

Mardi Gras has dragons, beads and loud music

The Mardi Gras party actually started last month in Mobile, Alabama - but it all culminates on Fat Tuesday.

"It's great because you get the people that come back every year", Marshall says. - The first-ever Mardi Gras "Bawl Mask" was held at the Hays Senior Center Ballroom on Tuesday.

Just this year, crews pulled 93,000 pounds of plastic carnival celebration beads from storm drains along a five-block stretch of St. Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans.

There are about 65,000 catch basin in New Orleans that are the responsibility of the New Orleans Public Works Department.

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Neighbors living in Citrus Park celebrated Tuesday-Mardi Gras style. It also means two weeks of 12-hour, no-vacation shifts for the city's police, who are reinforced by 165 state troopers and officers and deputies from half a dozen nearby areas.

"The kids love it", she said.

The two major parades in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday are Rex and Zulu, with people jamming the sidewalks to watch the many floats go by.

As for the feast of color for the eyes, while I will throw on the Mardi Gras beads now cascading from a bookshelf since our last visit to the Big Easy, I'd much rather don this ring from Eriness. That is what Mardi Gras is all about. Those in the city's poorer neighborhoods didn't feel as if they could celebrate in the mainstream New Orleans parade.


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