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Mardi Gras

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Students in U.S. high schools can get free digital access to The New York Times until Sept. 1, 2021.

What do you know about Mardi Gras and how it is celebrated in New Orleans? How do you imagine the pandemic has affected it this year?

If you aren’t familiar with Mardi Gras, here is a description:

Since the first Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1857, elaborate floats have paraded through the city on the last Tuesday before Lent. Thousands of people fill the streets, and marching bands and dance teams come from all over to perform, their horns and drums echoing off buildings. Social clubs and groups of artists and organizers — that go by names like the Krewe of Orpheus and Krewe of Muses — spend practically every month of the year preparing floats and celebrations.

What celebrations, holidays or festivals is your area known for? What traditions, rituals, costumes, or special food and drink mark the occasion? Did the pandemic affect it this year? If so, how did locals reinvent the celebration?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn more.


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