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Mardi Gras Even Gets The Cops Involved [VIDEO]

Sometimes cops need to do more than protect and serve.  Well, maybe he's just serving.

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New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras 2011 in New Orleans

Thousands of revelers turned out for Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on Monday and Tuesday, including celebrities like recent Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, actress Jennifer Coolidge, and creator of "The Wire" and the NOLA-set "Treme" David Simon

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5 mardi gras party tips
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5 Mardi Gras Party Ideas (If You Can’t Make it to Bourbon Street)

Stuck at home for Mardi Gras this year and want to make it more special than ordering Cajun shrimp pasta at Red Lobster? Try these tips:

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Know Your Mardi Gras History [VIDEO]

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday," a reference to the binge eating a lot of Catholics do before Lent. As is often the case with holidays, the Christian roots are intertwined with earlier pagan practices. It was very common for early church fathers to integrate elements of pagan ritual in an attempt to attract potential converts.

Mardi Gras itself originated in the Middle Ages and was brought to the U.S. by the French explorer Iberville. In 1827, Parisian-style masked balls were legalized in New Orleans after a long period of prohibition. The celebration soon became known for its celebrants' raucous behavior during fanciful parades.

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