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Businesses along the 700 block Riggsbee Avenue have turned that stretch of road into the Bull City's best impression of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, at least on Fat Tuesday. Despite the rain, News 25's Jaylon Morris was there to cover this event. "We have spears. We have everything", said Shepard. If you're unsure of what the colors mean, know that purple stands for justice, green signifies faith and gold means power. There will be balloons, ribbons, hats and photo booths.

While nighttime Mardi Gras parades tend to get rowdier, Vennart says he prefers the daytime slot Okeanos will fill, given its family-friendly feel. "It's the big party before the Lenten season, the ultimate blowout before you give something up for [40] days".

Also known as Shrove Tuesday around the world, the French term Mardi Gras literally translates to Fat Tuesday and indicates a time of hedonistic excesses before beginning a period of fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday (14 February).

If you're planning a Mardi Gras trip this year, you'll likely have to settle for walking the streets instead of riding down them. "You can have a great party without the juxtaposition of those two things".

Mardi Gras is fast approaching. Dana Dazet who is Queen Leda the 48th, is a New Orleans native but has strong ties to Gulfport. Each Krewe member participates in the organization of the Lagniappe 5K, the Mardi Gras Parade, and the Mardi Gras Festival. So if you're not from New Orleans (or a celebrity) and want to get into one of the notable krewes, it's a tall order.

Here in Pullman, Lasof developed his own ways for residents to interact as they dine. So you make sure to incorporate masks in your at-home celebration, that's why! There will be a live band as well.

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Police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said that five people were shot before driving to a petrol station in St Claude Avenue.

"I've never been one to celebrate a holiday that I have no connection to", Tawiah said. Still, Lasof's experience was needed to build a vivid New Orleans identity inside the dining hall.

"It's been just awesome and unbelievable", he said. "It was really because of his experience and his enthusiasm". "I think we have a horse of every color out here just about".

In New Orleans, they actually start the Mardi Grad merrymaking on Twelfth Night which is when Christmas officially ends. French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville arrived in the area that would later become New Orleans on that year's Mardi Gras, and named their landing point after the feast. "You have history layered on history layered on history".

The body of the victim who died at the now chaotic crime scene could be seen inside a red Nissan sedan at the La Express gas station about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) from where revelers gathered for Fat Tuesday celebrations.

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