New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

Float riders in the Rex parade toss beads to the crowd.

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Float riders in the Zulu parade toss beads to the crowd on St. Charles Avenue.

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Thousands of revelers crowd Bourbon Street. Over the weekend, revelers used hundreds of beads to create a makeshift bridgeover floodwaters on one street.

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Float riders in the Zulu toss beads to the crowd. In January, New Orleans officials said they found 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads while cleaning the popular downtown area over the previous few months.

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The Zulu float Big Shot parades down Canal Street.

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American film director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee tosses beads to the crowd on St. Charles Avenue.

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Warm temperatures brought out huge crowds to enjoy the last day of parades.

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Float riders in the Zulu parade toss beads to the crowd on St. Charles Avenue. To avoid Mardi Gras beads from clogging storm drains this year, city officials installed devices they dubbed “gutter buddies” to block the drains.

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The holiday of Mardi Gras goes by a number of names, including Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Pancake Tuesday.

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2018-02-14T15:36:15+00:00February 14th, 2018|