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Pre Mardi Gras celebrations

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It's a day parade lovers have been waiting for, as party animals take over the streets of New Orleans.

Thousands packed the neutral ground on Orleans Avenue for a pre-Mardi Gras celebration.

Mardi Gras, also dubbed' fat Tuesday,' takes place this upcoming Tuesday.

Samedi ('SAHM-DEE') Gras as this event is called was last night and offered party revelers a chance to preview floats and do a little weekend celebrating of course as well.