Mardi Gras '18: Why The Celebration Is Important To Black Folks


On this Fat Tuesday, the News 5 team took advantage of that nationwide network to let folks know in several TV markets what Mardi Gras is like in Mobile, Baldwin County and Northwest Florida. We look at Mardi Gras past and present.

"I hide all of them so they don't think I have any", said one parade goer.

Costumes are a huge part of the Mardi Gras celebrations in the French Quarter, and Tuesday's designs did not disappoint.

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The two major parades in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday are Rex and Zulu, with people jamming the sidewalks to watch the many floats go by.

Shannon Abraham from Reno, Nevada, said she spent dozens of hours designing and making her elaborate silver-sequined dress.

A second shooting happened during a fight that broke out near St. Charles and Second Street.

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Police Chief Michael Harrison said a second shooting happened during a fight that broke out.

Who organizes and pays for Mardi Gras?

His condition is unknown.

Tuesday's forecast was for cloudy skies, temperatures in the 60s (15 Celsius), and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms.

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