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Bret Michaels, Will Ferrell kick off Mardi Gras celebrations

Rocker Bret Michaels and Grammy-winning singer Cyndi Lauper were to usher in Mardi Gras with musical performances in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday.Michaels, the bandana-wearing Poison frontman, and Lauper were the celebrity riders in Orpheus, the parade club founded in 1993 by New Orleans native actor and crooner Harry Connick Jr .Just as the Orpheus ball was to wind down early Tuesday, revelers were gearing up for the Fat Tuesday parades rolling shortly after daybreak. Some revelers would party through the night.Clarinetist Pete Fountain will be leading his marching band from the city's Garden District to the French Quarter. The float parades follow Fountain and his "Half Fast Marching Club" -- first the African-American Krewe of Zulu, the group known for the decorated coconuts it hands out to revelers, and the parade of Rex, King of Carnival.Lent follows Fat Tuesday. It is the period of fasting and repentance before Easter Sunday .The stakeout for prime spots along the Mardi G...

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  1. Man hit, killed by Mardi Gras parade float in La.

    Man hit, killed by Mardi Gras parade float in La.Saturday, February 21, 2009PrintNEW ORLEANS —  Police in Louisiana say a man died after he fell off a Mardi Gras par...

  2. Mardi Gras -Goers Party Hard for 'Relief' From Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding

    Thousands of hurricane-weary residents joined with rowdy visitors for Fat Tuesday , taking a break from rebuilding New Orleans to put on wild costumes and celebrate ...

  3. French Quarter, Mardi Gras rank as New Orleans' top attractions

    New Orleans contains a potent blend of European, African and Caribbean cultures, creating an atmosphere that is both relaxed and raucous. The city’s charm lies not j...

  4. Britney to Join Mardi Gras Celebration

    Britney Spears , a Louisiana native, will celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans later this month when the devastated city hopes to revive some its old partying ways."I...

  5. Mardi Gras Lingo

    Carnival balls: Many krewes have black-tie balls to present debutantes. Alas, you can't buy a ticket—you have to be invited.Coconuts: Usually decorated; a prized thr...

  6. Mardis Gras Parades

    Carnival parades begin in earnest two weekends before Mardi Gras, with parades day and night on weekends; there are parades each night starting the Wednesday before ...

  7. Thousands Flood Sydney Streets for Gay Mardi Gras

    SYDNEY -- Grooms with grooms and brides with brides were a regular sight on inner Sydney streets Saturday as the campaign for gay marriage in Australia emerged as a ...

  8. Carlos Mencia pulled from Mardi Gras parade

    Carlos Mencia pulled from Mardi Gras paradeThursday, February 05, 2009 By STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press WriterPrintNEW ORLEANS —  Comedian Carlos Mencia was yan...

  9. Carlos Mencia pulled from Mardi Gras parade

    Carlos Mencia pulled from Mardi Gras paradeFriday, February 06, 2009 By STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press WriterPrintNEW ORLEANS —  Comedian Carlos Mencia was yanke...

  10. Mardi Gras Climaxes on Fat Tuesday

    The crowds were small and the costumes wickedly satirical as Mardi Gras built toward its boozy climax Tuesday in this hurricane-buckled city that could use a few lau...

  11. Rain expected for Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans; forecast doesn't deter visitors

    Wet streets, puddles and soggy ground greeted the faithful revelers who braved rainy forecasts threatening to wash out Mardi Gras, New Orleans' biggest free show.Fre...

  12. New Orleans Hospitals Brace for Mardi Gras Injuries

    New Orleans hospitals struggling to provide health care in the months after Hurricane Katrina are bracing for a surge in Mardi Gras injuries this week that some worr...

  1. 1 dead after gunfire erupts at Mardi Gras parade in Louisiana

    Gunfire erupted at a Mardi Gras parade in Louisiana, leaving one man dead. Police have identified a suspect and were searching for him.Authorities say 27-year-old De...

  2. Seven Shot Along Mardi Gras Parade Route in New Orleans

    A Mardi Gras parade erupted into chaos on Fat Tuesday when a series of gunshots struck seven people, including a toddler. The child was not seriously injured and two...

  3. African-American baby doll tradition is undergoing a revival in New Orleans for Mardi Gras

    The "baby dolls," an on-again, off-again Mardi Gras tradition of New Orleans' African-American community, are on again.The troupes of women strutting and prancing in...

  4. Mardi Gras parade weekend gets started in New Orleans

    The city's glitziest, most star-studded parades of the Carnival season roll this weekend, including one with a float being touted as the biggest in New Orleans' hist...

  5. Mardi Gras revelry, parades take over New Orleans

    From the family-friendly avenues of the Garden District to raunchy displays in the French Quarter, New Orleans let loose with a Fat Tuesday party as parades rolled a...

  6. Gandolfini One of Biggest Names at New Orleans Pre-Mardi Gras Parade

    He was king for the day, and actor James Gandolfini ruled with a doubloon-filled fist, pleasing the revelers who stood in chilly temperatures for one of the highligh...

  7. Man Struck, Killed by Mardi Gras Float in Louisiana

    Police in Louisiana say a man died after he fell off a Mardi Gras parade float and it hit him.It happened Saturday after a parade in the Cajun town of Carencro, abou...

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