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  • Each year, Mardi Gras, or "Shrove" or "Fat Tuesday," is celebrated on the last day of Carnival, the festive season that precedes Lent. In New Orleans, the day is celebrated with parades, organized by social clubs known as krewes, where float riders traditionally toss “throws,” strings of colorful beads, cups or doubloons, into the crowds along the parade routes. </br></br>Members of the Skeleton Krewe march through the French Quarter during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Feb. 13, 2018.
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  • A reveler with the Krewe of Zulu makes his way down the street on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Feb. 13, 2018, during Mardi Gras celebrations.
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  • Harry Connick Jr. throws Mardi Gras trinkets to Carnival goers during the Krewe of Orpheus parade, Feb. 12, 2018, in New Orleans.
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  • Karen Price shows off her catch of beads from the Krewe of Thoth parade during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018.
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  • A parade goer makes her way down the street on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Feb. 13, 2018, during Mardi Gras celebrations.
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  • New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore walks the parade route during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Feb. 10, 2018.
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  • A man leads a marching band ahead of the Krewe of Tucks parade during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Feb. 10, 2018.
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  • A float in the Krewe of King Arthur is covered with beads, Feb. 4, 2018, in New Orleans.
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  • The captains of the Krewe of Thoth lead their parade along St. Charles Avenue in uptown New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018.
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  • A military drill team marches during the Krewe of Thoth parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018. </br></br>The krewe's original parade route was designed specifically to serve people who were unable to attend other parades in the city, with the route passing in front of several extended healthcare facilities.
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  • Patients from Children's Hospital of New Orleans wave for beads and trinkets outside the facility during the Krewe of Thoth parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018.
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  • A float rider with the Krewe of Endymion throws beads out to the crowd during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Feb. 10, 2018.
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  • Members of the Krewe of Thoth hand out beads to parade-goers in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018.
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  • A float rider with the Krewe of Mid City throws out beads to the crowd during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018.
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  • A group of Carnival goers painted their bodies gold for the Krewe of Mid-City parade along St. Charles Avenue in uptown New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018.
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  • St. Charles Avenue is littered with debris from Mardi Gras parades in uptown New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2018.
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