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The annual Mardi Gras celebration in downtown Athens on Tuesday night will feature bands and costumes in what organizers called "a parade with a objective".

When they were unable to do that, they settled for the next best thing by throwing a Mardi Gras celebration in his memory.

Who organizes and pays for Mardi Gras?

Viles says 46 tons of beads get trapped in city catch basins after the parades each year. To which I say, maybe you should have gotten her some scratch-offs because if she can't be lucky in love then maybe she'll be lucky in life.

Frances Rivera has attended Mardi Gras the last two years and noticed a difference.

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She also expressed concern for the future of the country, telling another contestant, "No, it's not going to be OK". Ross then asked Marissa if she thinks Omarosa is "coming back", and she whispered, "I don't think so".

Philadelphia is 1,200 miles north of the heart of Mardi Gras, but that doesn't mean that the city doesn't know how to throw down for Fat Tuesday. My plan is to crank all the New Orleans jazz I have on record, cook up some barbecue shrimp, and polish off this king cake from Whole Foods (it's surprisingly good and, yes, I've already broken into it).

Tuesday's free celebration marks the ninth year for Durham's Mardi Gras. Krewes, which are organizations that arrange parades during the carnival season, have remained a paramount part of the carnival culture in New Orleans over the years. Gold for power, purple for justice and green for faith.

Though Mardi Gras has roots in Catholic tradition, the religious aspects of the event have always been separated from the main goal - the party.

To bring her classroom lesson on the holiday to life, she started an annual Mardi Gras event for her French Club students at the Tiffany Banquet Center.

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Jason Day had a 65 at Monterey Peninsula and was in the group at 9 under that included Steve Stricker (66 at Monterey Peninsula). Mickelson, 47, finished tied for fifth last week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open , a tournament he's won three times.

According to this theory, Mardi Gras dates back to pagan celebrations of fertility, including the raucous Roman festivals of Saturnalia and Lupercalia that included fertility rituals and animal sacrifice.

Neighbors living in Citrus Park celebrated Tuesday-Mardi Gras style. View a recipe of the King Cake here. If you are easily offended New Orleans natives recommend staying home from parades and parties. Really, I think it's just the pageantry, the socialization, the fun of it.

Today's Mardi Gras celebrations can be lavish and raucous.

Rex is New Orleans' oldest parading Carnival group. "You look like you came out of 'Camelot.' It's a pretty big to-do". I've enjoyed every year, I've made new friends. You can get most of these at a local thrift store or party store, or if you don't want to spend money, try combining funky pieces already in your closet.

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England face New Zealand on Tuesday in desperate need of a win, while Australia's next match is against the Black Caps on Friday. He scored a 40* against New Zealand and followed it up with an unbeaten 103 against England .