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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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Experts: Mardi Gras A Key Factor In New Orleans COVID-19 Outbreak [Video]

Experts: Mardi Gras A Key Factor In New Orleans COVID-19 Outbreak

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warns the state is seeing a worrying "trajectory" that could leave hospitals without ventilators by the end of next week. Likewise, Business Insider reports Bel Edwards..

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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.

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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..

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At least three protesters were removed from Sydney's Mardi Gras parade after they attempted to block the passage of the official Liberal Party float.
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Western Sydney Wanderers fan group refuses to apologise for controversial Mardi Gras post

The Western Sydney Wanderers active supporter group the Red and Black Bloc is remaining unapologetic over a controversial social media post.
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