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    Brody, a Westie belonging to Vicki Rice, sits in a remote-controlled car at the beginning of the Mardi Gras Dog Parade, Feb. 19, 2012, at Baytowne Village in Sandestin, Fla. The annual event in this Florida panhandle resort community attracted a wide variety of sharply dressed canines and their owners and was a fundraiser for a local animal refuge.
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    Surrounded by members of the Hostess Cupcake Marching Brigade, in brown, chef John Besh dances with the crowd while waiting for the start of the Krewe of Lafcadio parade in the French Quarter, Feb. 18, 2012, in New Orleans. The marching krewe was celebrating the culinary arts of Louisiana in the inaugural stroll.
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    Sean, left, and Katie Northey dance in front of Arnaud's restaurant in the French Quarter celebrating the Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans, Feb. 17, 2012.
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    Braving the cold and rain, Tulane University student Lindsey Barber, right, catches beads as the 2,510 members of the super krewe Endymion present a 27-float parade titled "Happily Ever After," Feb. 18, 2012, in New Orleans.
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    Revelers with the Mystic Stripers toss trinkets to the crowds gathered on Royal Street in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 16, 2012. The pre-Lenten blowout continues along the Gulf Coast culminating in Fat Tuesday celebrations Feb. 21. Tourism leaders estimate more than a million visitors pour into the Mobile area each Mardi Gras season to watch the festivities.
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    Actress and New Orleans native Patrica Clarkson was the honorary Muse as she rides in a giant shoe down St. Charles Avenue at the Krewe of Muses Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 16, 2012.
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  • Mardi Gras 2012

    A reveler with the Mystic Stripers tosses trinkets to the crowds gathered on Royal Street in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 16, 2012. The pre-Lenten blowout continues along the Gulf Coast culminating in Fat Tuesday celebrations Feb. 21.
    G.M. Andrews/Mobile Register/AP Photo
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    The Muses Mardi Gras Parade rolls through the streets of New Orleans, Feb. 16, 2012, helping to kick-off the Carnival season.
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    A reveler with the Mystic Stripers holds a handful of beads for the crowds gathered on Royal Street in Mobile, Ala., Feb. 16, 2012. The pre-Lenten blowout continues along the Gulf Coast culminating in Fat Tuesday celebrations Feb. 21.
    G.M. Andrews/Mobile Register/AP Photo
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    The Muses Mardi Gras Parade travels through the streets of New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, helping to celebrate the Carnival season. This float is referencing the BP oil spill.
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