Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is celebrated with parties, parades and indulgence on the last day before the start of Lent.

Revelers reach out for items thrown by riders on a float in the Rex parade as it makes its way down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Revelers reach out for items thrown by riders on a float in the Rex parade as it makes its way down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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