Mardi Gras Folklife Festival marks 31st anniversary in Iota

Mardi Gras Folklife Festival marks 31st anniversary in Iota

Mardi Gras Folklife Festival marks 31st anniversary in Iota

Two people were wounded in the second incident within an hour in the Central Business District, also close to a parade. The New Orleans Police Department is investigating the incidents, AP reported. "Fat Tuesday is all about who we are, our culture, and everything comes from New Orleans and that area".

Evans said she was inspired to go farther with her Mardi Gras lesson after Hubbard High School Spanish teacher Anna Badurik started having a Day of the Dead celebration in fall, where students partake in salsa dance lessons, try traditional Mexican meals and decorate sugar skull cookies.

"Don't get me wrong, Mardi Gras is big glitz and glam in New Orleans, but here in Gulfport it's incredible and so much fun", said Dazet. Others had set up ladders for their kids to sit on and catch beads and throws from the passing Zulu parade, one of two main parades that take to the streets on Fat Tuesday.

The tradition dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations.

Hoss covered Mardi Gras in Jefferson Parish for many years with WWL.

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She says she chose to forego a short skirt because it's cold.

Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel says one man was shot in the head and is in critical condition. Those in the city's poorer neighborhoods didn't feel as if they could celebrate in the mainstream New Orleans parade.

Police Chief Michael Harrison said a second shooting happened during a fight that broke out.

Rex is New Orleans' oldest parading Carnival group.

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