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Mardi Gras 2010

R. Hunter Pierson, Jr., dressed as His Majesty Rex, King of Carnival, rides on the king's float during Mardi Gras day on February 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The annual Mardi Gras celebration ends at midnight, when the Catholic Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. PATRICK SEMANSKY, GETTY IMAGES
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