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Instagramming Mardi Gras from the Big Easy

Next week, Catholics the world over will recognize Ash Wednesday, the first day of a six-week-long period of fasting and prayer known as Lent. Around the world, the period before Lent is called Carnival and is marked by massive celebrations and parades. But in Louisiana, it’s called Mardi Gras.

While the culmination of Mardi Gras season occurs on Fat Tuesday—the day immediately before Ash Wednesday—the parades and festivities actually begin several weeks beforehand. Throughout New Orleans and Louisiana, “Krewes” (a variation on “crews”) with names like Orpheus, Zulu, Bacchus and Thoth hold parades and toss beads to revelers camped out along the streets.

To tune in from afar over the next five days, follow @NolaMardiGras, browse the #MardiGras hashtag, or watch the Times-Picayune’s ParadeCam. For tonight’s parades, check out #KreweofHermes, #KrewedEtat and #KreweofMorpheus.

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