Mardi Gras 2021

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If you ask a New Orleanian who Mardi Gras is for, they’ll likely paint you some version of a timeless picture: Locals and tourists standing shoulder to shoulder watching a parade roll by, competing for throws and drinking beers from the same cooler.

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Mardi Gras 2021 — muzzled by a pandemic and and dampened by unusual freezing weather — looked about as expected.

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Among the many groups sitting this Carnival season out are the city’s Mardi Gras Indians.

They’d typically take to the streets wearing brand new costumes, showcasing a year's worth of labor. Now, those suits sit unfinished in living rooms and on kitchen tables.

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After Mardi Gras in 2019, garbage trucks collected 1,300 tons of trash, or about 2.6 million pounds, when the revelry was over. In the past, the city has even measured the success of Mardi Gras by the amount of trash it picked up.