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Rex, the King of Carnival, will make his traditional Mardi Gras appearance in New Orleans. With the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 and Mardi Gras falling nine days later, the Big Easy is gearing up for a massive celebration and influx of tourists that locals are calling "Super Gras." (Associated Press)

Rex, the King of Carnival, will make his traditional Mardi Gras appearance in New Orleans. With the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 and Mardi Gras falling nine days later, the Big Easy is gearing up for a massive celebration and influx of tourists that locals are calling "Super Gras." (Associated Press)

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