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 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100101011265" title="New Orleans" href="/topic/us/louisiana/orleans-parish/new-orleans-PLGEO100100101011265.topic">New Orleans</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100102500000000" title="Louisiana" href="/topic/us/louisiana-PLGEO100102500000000.topic">Louisiana</a>. 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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