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Holiday on the day before Ash Wednesday

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Mardi Gras: Holiday on the day before Ash Wednesday
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, refers to events of the Carnival celebration, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday, which is known as Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season.

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New Orleans streets silent as city braces for a spike in cases [Video]

New Orleans streets silent as city braces for a spike in cases

Drone video over New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday showed deserted streets in neighborhoods usually bustling with tourists and revelers.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:03Published
New Orleans officials cancel tandem floats after Mardi Gras deaths [Video]

New Orleans officials cancel tandem floats after Mardi Gras deaths

After the reported deaths of two paradegoers at this year's Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, the city said it will suspend tandem floats - multiple floats connected by a hitch and pulled by a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:37Published

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