Mardi Gras 2011: New Orleans Celebrates End of Carnival Before Lent (VIDEO)

Mardi Gras 2011: New Orleans Celebrates End of Carnival Before Lent (VIDEO)

Mardi Gras 2011: New Orleans Celebrates End of Carnival Before Lent (VIDEO)

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March 7 2011 6:08 PM

Mardi Gras 2011: New Orleans Celebrates End of Carnival Before Lent (VIDEO)


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Mardi Gras

and

Fat Tuesday

are trending on the brink of Lent. Traditional parades, music, and gala balls are under way in New Orleans. The city expects more than a million people to pack the streets for the final day of the Carnival season, which falls this year on the latest date in more than 150 years.



The crowds are a boost for New Orleans’ tourist-driven economy, which was hammered in 2010 by the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mardi Gras celebrations lead into Ash Wednesday and the pre-Easter season of Lent. This year, the Twitterverse seems conflicted about what to give up, but some are toying with a big sacrifice: staying off Twitter for 40 days.