New Orleans, Louisiana

Crowds of people try to catch beads from a passing float on <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES0000047" title="Mardi Gras" href="/topic/arts-culture/holidays/mardi-gras-EVFES0000047.topic">Mardi Gras</a> day in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mardi Gras celebration ends at midnight, when the Catholic Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday and culminates with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="12014002" title="Easter" href="/topic/religion-belief/easter-12014002.topic">Easter</a>.

( Getty Images / February 24, 2009 )

Crowds of people try to catch beads from a passing float on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Mardi Gras celebration ends at midnight, when the Catholic Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday and culminates with Easter.

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