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Football is over in the Crescent City. Now what?

Mardi Gras kicked off this week to distract the city of New Orleans from the disappointment of missing the playoffs.

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Despite a heck of a win over the Atlanta Falcons last week, the New Orleans Saints still came up short of a playoff appearance for the 2023 season. So, what’s next for the city of New Orleans?

Lucky for New Orleans residents, it’s carnival season in the Crescent City to distract them from a playoff without their beloved Saints. But what is Mardi Gras?

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Mardi Gras is a period of celebration that spans from Twelfth Night (Jan. 6th) to Fat Tuesday before the lenten season starts on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans since 1699. In French colonial days, it was celebrated with elaborate balls thrown by wealthy members of society. The first parade rolled in New Orleans in 1857. In 1872, Rex, the King of Mardi Gras made his first appearance to the season. Over the years it has evolved in to what it is today with hundreds of Mardi Gras krewes (social clubs) that host lavish balls throughout the season and appear in parades to throw parade goers an array of coveted throws.

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‘Tis the season! So grab a slice of king cake to drown your post-season blues, and head out to catch a parade with your fellow Saints fans. The Saints will be back next season, for now it’s time to catch some beads.