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Mardi Gras revelry fills New Orleans

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Photographs by AP/GERALD HERBERT

A member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club hands out prized painted coconuts Tuesday in New Orleans during the group’s Mardi Gras parade. Tens of thousands of revelers packed the sidewalks for the Zulu and Rex parades and frenzied merrymaking up until midnight, when the police clear the streets and Ash Wednesday begins.

Tens of thousands of revelers thronged Mardi Gras festivities, many yelling "throw me something, Mister!" in the universal call to float riders who tossed them coveted beads and trinkets on Tuesday's raucous finale to Carnival season in New Orleans.

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