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Let the good times roll with these Fat Tuesday facts. USA TODAY

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New Orleans has announced that Mardi Gras parades will not be allowed next year because of the limited to 150 people.

At the start of the pandemic in March, New Orleans' COVID-19 numbers spiked and the city became one of the early hot spots in the United States.

Many experts tweet at the time that “the Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.” 

Carnival is a celebration with deep roots in the Christian tradition, offering a season of excess before Lent. Carnival begins Jan. 6, or Twelfth Night, and concludes on Mardi Gras, literally "Fat Tuesday," the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The date of Fat Tuesday varies. In 2021, it falls on Feb. 16.

Parades, where masked riders toss beads and trinkets to the crowds, are the most public part of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. The season also includes sharing The American South newsletter.

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