Residents filled streets for 21st annual Mardi Gras parade


It brings people together.

Police did not identify any of the victims. It is also the first day of Lent on the Christian calendar.

We're happy that we got a chance to help our sister stations and their viewers see Mardi Gras in a whole new light. The name of the holiday originated thousands of years ago in Europe because of the binge eating that would occur in the days leading up to Lent, the period of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. At midnight, police held a ceremonial clearing of Bourbon Street to symbolize the end of the Carnival season. Weeks of parades, balls and street parties mark Carnival in the Crescent City.

They landed at a point near current-day New Orleans on 2 March and on realising it was the eve of the day of celebration back in France, made a decision to name the place Pointe du Mardi Gras.

"One of the victims died at the scene".

Revelers circle the Monsignor Duncan Center at Holy Angels Catholic Church in a "second line" celebrating Mardi Gras on Friday.

Washington says no other information was available at this time.

From authentic food, to beads and cold beer, it's nearly as if people at Rick's 718 are in New Orleans.

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The first shooting happened about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Avenue and Carondelet streets.

Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel told WGNO-TV that one man was shot in the head and is in critical condition, and another man was shot in the leg and is stable. Another, a juvenile boy, was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.

"I'll be sitting on a throne in true king regalia", says Dr. R. Marcus Vennart, the 63-year-old Las Vegas obstetrician who proves that Mel Brooks was dead-on (as if there was any doubt): It's good to be the king. His condition is unknown. The history of the Mardi Gras Indians is nearly as colorful as the suits themselves.

"Its like taking the Gras from Mardi, nah you can't do that, there's no way, nah the beads make the parade". In a tradition, dating back hundreds of years, a small baby doll - symbolizing the baby Jesus - is placed within the cake by the people who purchase them.

Hazel Wilmoth, Juanita Rogers, Mary Nicholson and Jane Needham pose for a photo in their Mardi Gras finery. The first official recorded parade occurred in 1838. Mardi Gras, which falls on February 13 this year, directly translates to "Fat Tuesday" from French.

That all begins with Ash Wednesday. "But the day parades, when you make eye contact with a kid as you throw them a stuffed animal and they catch it, it's just a good time". He was backed up by about 50 followers and surrounded by a small crowd, majority hecklers. Stock up on purple, green and gold masks, decorations and food and your party is set to go. "A lot of my incoming students think it's all about drinking and beads", she said.

Put on your dancing shoes for this Mardi Gras party, because Cajun musician Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys are putting on a rousing show Tuesday night.