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Irma Thomas

Mardi Gras season rolls into last big weekend in New Orleans

The Mardi Gras season entered its last big weekend of parades and galas in New Orleans before its end at midnight Fat Tuesday, when Ash Wednesday ushers in the period of Lent leading to Easter.

The super Krewe of Bacchus, known for its spectacle, plans to roll on its traditional St. Charles Avenue route Sunday evening with 31 floats and 1,400 riders.

Krewe captain Clark Brennan said this year's parade takes the title "Flights of Delight." Clark said keep an eye out for floats such as "Soaring in a Hot Air Balloon," ''When Pigs Fly," ''Mary Poppins" and "Flying Saucers."

New Orleans native and critically acclaimed actor Anthony...