Costumes, beads and music: Mardi Gras comes to a close

The Order of Dionysus formed last year

The Order of Dionysus formed last year

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", also called Shrove Tuesday.

"It's great because you get the people that come back every year", Marshall says.

The first American Mardi Gras Parade took place on March 3, 1699.

Bourbon Street in New Orleans is always a mad house, but during Mardi Gras, it becomes a different animal.

There are about 65,000 catch basin in New Orleans that are the responsibility of the New Orleans Public Works Department.

St. Mary's will finish Mardi Gras celebrations with its annual Ash Wednesday service. That is what Mardi Gras is all about.

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Krewe of Endymion started in 1967 and draws thousands from Mid-City neighborhoods to help kick off its festivities. Some parents and teachers joined them for the parade.

Shannon Abraham from Reno, Nevada, said she spent dozens of hours designing and making her elaborate silver-sequined dress.

One man was shot in the head and is in critical condition, the other, a male juvenile, was shot in the leg according to Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel. Michael Harrison said some people stepped in to try to break up a fight and shots were fired with one man being shot twice before being rushed to the hospital.

The 300th anniversary of this Louisiana port city featured prominently in the Rex parade.

Hubbard High School French teacher Jenna Evans wanted to teach students the cultural significance of Mardi Gras, beyond what most people perceive as a holiday that gives them a reason to eat, drink and earn colorful beads.

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