Mardi Gras 2018: How Christians Celebrate Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras 2018: How Christians Celebrate Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras in New Orleans: See the full recap from Feb. 13, 2018
nBourbon street is cleaned up after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Empires Services cleans up on Bourbon street after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: See the full recap from Feb. 13, 2018

Empire Services cleans up Bourbon street after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Medal grates prevent trash from falling into catch basins on Bourbon street after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Thousands of people took to the streets Tuesday to mark the last day of the Carnival season. They watched the parades put on by Rex and Zulu as well as the truck parades that roll through the streets afterward.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans: See the full recap from Feb. 13, 2018
Mardi Gras in New Orleans: See the full recap from Feb. 13, 2018

Trash is raked to the center of Bourbon street after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

People roamed the French Quarter in fancy costumes often sewn by hand, drinking cocktails and taking pictures of and with the other costumed revelers.

Party’s over: Raucous Fat Tuesday gives way to solemn Lent

Trash is raked into the middle of Bourbon street after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

Trash fills Bourbon street after Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mardi Gras produces days of merriment, indulgence, a few hangovers — and a lot of garbage. Once the parades have passed and the beads have been thrown, the cleanup begins.

This year two New Orleans organizations aimed to change things with a pilot recycling project to collect cans, plastic bottles and that ubiquitous Mardi Gras accessory dangling from fences, trees and balconies: beads.

Bond said, “Those were designed to make African American people and slaves sub-human. That was what they viewed us as. That’s what they thought we were and that’s all we were good for, was being servants. And ugly.”

Hannah Kincannon heads recycling efforts for the Young Leadership Council, which has partnered with local events and festivals to help make them greener. She said Mardi Gras is how the city represents itself to the world.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Mardi Gras party is over in New Orleans.After days of parades, balls, king cake and costumes, Fat Tuesday has concluded and the city is entering a period of restraint with Lent.Thousands of people took to the streets Tuesday to mark the last day of the Carnival season. They watched the parades put on by Rex and Zulu as well as the truck parades that roll through the streets afterward.Rex is the city’s oldest parading group. Group members decorated many of their floats this year to commemorate the city’s 300th anniversary.People roamed the French Quarter in fancy costumes often sewn by hand, drinking cocktails and taking pictures of and with the other costumed revelers.There were people dressed up as glamorous vampires, President Donald Trump and Pac-Man, just to name a few.

“We really want to represent ourselves as a city that has a sustainable mindset,” she said. “Just like Mardi Gras is something that everyone can participate in, recycling is something everyone can participate in.”

The Latest: Suspect named in deadly Mardi Gras shooting
The Latest: Suspect named in deadly Mardi Gras shooting

Rex had some competition for the role of king of Carnival on Fat Tuesday as the sun made a welcome appearance and banished any disappointment …

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The Latest: Suspect named in deadly Mardi Gras shooting
The Latest: Suspect named in deadly Mardi Gras shooting

Mardi Gras shootings leave three dead, several injured in New Orleans

Mardi Gras generates hundreds of millions of dollars and brings thousands of visitors to the city. But it has an environmental impact. Earlier this year, the city announced it had cleared out 93,000 pounds (42,200 kilograms) of beads clogging catch basins.

Stephen Sauer, executive director of Arc of Greater New Orleans, which is working with YLC, said the beads are toxic and have a tendency to twist and make knots.

“Anytime we can avoid getting beads in landfills and out of the catch basins, the better we are,” he said.

ArcGNO, which helps people with intellectual disabilities, already had a project where they accept, sort and resell beads to the krewes that put on the various parades. But that relied on people bringing their beads after the parades were over.

The breadth of the Mammoth parade was matched by its music, and it didn’t all emanate from college bands. In addition to Mobile’s Magnolia Breeze Community Band, other Alabama marching corps from Wilcox County, Evergreen, Fairfield and Chickasaw joined a band from Greenville, Mississippi, to score the parade.

This year, the two organizations went to the source. They set up six recycling centers to collect beads, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Volunteers also handed out bags for people to fill, and trucks traveled behind the parade to collect the recyclables.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (AP) – New Orleans police say a man has died after a shooting along the Mardi Gras parade route. That brings shooting deaths Tuesday in New Orleans to three, with five other people wounded.      Police say one man died at a hospital hours after an afternoon argument along the traditional Mardi Gras parade route, and two were killed and three wounded in a shooting outside a party Tuesday night.      Police did not identify any of the victims.      Police say the day's first shooting left a man in critical condition with a head wound and a boy in stable condition with a leg wound. A news release late Tuesday said the man reportedly was talking coherently before he was taken to the hospital.

Rainy weather curtailed the pilot project, but Sauer was still encouraged by the enthusiasm they encountered among parade goers — people like New Orleans resident Dorie DeLuca.

NOPD Mounted Police Officers wait on Canal and Bourbon before the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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Police Chief Michael Harrison waves to Bourbon Street patrons during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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Jacob Jones, right, dressed as a banana, pets the nose of a police horse during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Mardi Gras Parade Attendees Outraged After Receiving Black Faced Figurines
Mardi Gras Parade Attendees Outraged After Receiving Black Faced Figurines

Bourbon Street patrons watch the Police Officers march by during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Police Chief Michael Harrison waves to Bourbon Street patrons during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

“Vicious gang activity” is one of the prime reasons behind shootings like the one in the Lower 9th Ward, Harrison said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. In the other two Mardi Gras shootings, he said those involved knew one another.

NOPD mounted police officers raise their whips at the end of the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Billy Kelly shakes hands with officers during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

A teen was in critical condition after being shot in the head near the Mardi Gras parade route at Carondelet and Union streets on Tuesday (Feb. 13), and another was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, New Orleans police said.

A mounted police officer grabs the shirt of a bar patron who was harassing him during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

NOPD reported the double shooting at 3:30 p.m. Details were scarce, but NOPD Deputy Chief Paul Noel said the shooting occurred after a fight broke out on Union Street involving 10 to 12 people.

Police Chief Michael Harrison, left, shakes hands with mounted officers during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Noel said police were still investigating whether more than one person fired a weapon. The suspect or suspects escaped and no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon, he said.

NOPD marches down Bourbon Street while people watch on during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

A witness at the scene, Chicago resident Toya Hudson, said she was watching the parade when she heard seven gunshots. She saw one person with an injury to the back of his head.

NOPD Mounted Police Officers march past cheering bar patrons during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

The driver managed to drive to a nearby gas station before two people died from their wounds. Arriving officers strung up police tape to keep crowds away. At that scene and outside the family home of some of the victims a few blocks away, mourners were still wearing festive Mardi Gras shirts and hats.

NOPD mounted police officers raise their whips at the end of the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

A man appeared to have been shot twice during a separate fight, and died after being rushed to the hospital, Police Chief Michael Harrison said. Police named Eddie Dingle, 21, as a suspect and said investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest on a second-degree murder charge.

Revellers don eclectic costumes for New Orleans Mardi Gras

Police Chief Michael Harrison speaks to media during the Midnight Sweep of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, La., on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

“I think it’s great because if you’re here after the parade has finished, you see all the trash on the ground. Recycling cans, it’s so easy,” DeLuca said.

A truck float passes by as New Orleans Police investigate a double shooting on Union Street near St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Michael DeMocker/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)

Another parade-goer, Jennifer Chamberlain, said she was heartened to see the volunteers picking beads off the ground and handing out bags. She’s brought her beads to Arc’s facility before, but having them picked up along the route was more convenient.

“You want to catch stuff, but you don’t really want to bring it home,” she said.

Bridgette Miramon, from waste management company Republic Services, which volunteered to collect the bottles and cans, says the region has traditionally trailed the rest of the country when it comes to recycling. But she said that when she walked behind the recycling trucks, people were so excited they were “high fiving me and hugging me.”

She said they collected a little less than half a ton of cans and plastic bottles. Miramon was also “blown away” by the low level of contamination — other materials like pizza mixed in with the recyclables.

This isn’t the first attempt at a Mardi Gras recycling project. A previous volunteer effort called “Verdi Gras” was tried a few years ago. ArcGNO also had a float where people could throw their beads back at the end of the parade, but that was discontinued out of safety concerns. Sauer said interest in recycling now seems higher in the city and among some of the krewes.

What it’s like for the “kings” and “queens” of the oldest Mardi Gras celebration

Cynthia Sylvain-Lear, who heads the city’s Department of Sanitation, said cleanup workers don’t have time to sort through garbage looking for recyclables at the end of the parades, so any recycling effort has to rely on people along the routes. She called this year’s effort a start that might could be expanded in the future.

Kincannon from YLC said the organization aims to expand the recycling effort to more Mardi Gras parades next year and is working on recycling projects in conjunction with the other parades the city has throughout the year.

There’s also an effort to make the beads themselves more environmentally friendly. LSU biological sciences professor Naohiro Kato has developed a process using microalgae that will make biodegradable beads — usually three times as expensive as standard beads — more affordable. These beads that break down in months instead of hundreds of years could be another way to reduce Mardi Gras’ environmental impact.

Two men shot near Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans CBD, police say; one critical

“There’s not just one way to solve it,” Kato said. “We should tackle it from a number of different ways.”


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