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Fat Tuesday in New Orleans

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Pete Fountain Mardi Gras climaxes with Fat Tuesday in New Orleans

Mardi Gras. It brings to mind beads, parties and fancy floats in as people cram in all the fun they can before the austere religious period known as Lent begins. Scenes from parades in New Orleans and Mobile., Ala.

The Treme Jazz Band marches through the French Quarter in New Orleans on Mardi Gras, the last day of the Carnival season ending at midnight, a daylong celebration of parades, marching groups and people in costumes.

It brings to mind beads, parties and fancy floats in as people cram in all the fun they can before the austere religious period known as Lent begins.

The brand-new Butterfly King float as it gets ready to roll in the 2012 Krewe of Rex Parade during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Mardi Gras, which translates as Fat Tuesday, ends at midnight, just before Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent.

Revelers with the Mystic Stripers toss trinkets to the crowds gathered on Royal Street in Mobile, Ala. The pre Lenten blowout continues along the Gulf Coast, culminating in Fat Tuesday celebrations Feb. 21. Tourism leaders estimate more than a million visitors pour into the Mobile area each Mardi Gras season to watch the festivities.

Actress and New Orleans native Patricia Clarkson was the honorary Muse as she rides in a giant shoe down St. Charles Avenue at the Krewe of Muses Parade in New Orleans.


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