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Fat Tuesday Kicks Off In New Orleans


February 20, 2007

It is Fat Tuesday and in New Orleans that means it is time to
celebrate.

On this day, in this city, does strange, outrageous, and just plain
whacky really matter. After a month of parades and parties this is the grand finale.

And for the local crowd this is the parade they come to see. The
old line krewe rolls down the streets of uptown New Orleans, much to the delight of thousands and thousands.

Initial estimates are that Mardi Gras is bigger this year than last, but with the on going recovery effort from Katrina still underway the
crowds are still not near where they should be.

And businesses like one French Quarter t-shirt shop are feeling it. The owner is now having to lease her space.

But there are parts of the city that are a mainstay. With all
Katrina's might she failed to drown the spirit of the city.

The sounds many may have once taken for granted are still alive and are what separates this city from so many others. It is a place like no
other especially on Fat Tuesday.


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