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National Briefing / Texas

Hurricane Ike inspires revelry

February 15, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of people gathered in Galveston to celebrate an annual Mardi Gras tradition in a show of support for the island, ravaged by Hurricane Ike's powerful storm surge five months ago.

Revelers and some of the floats in Saturday's parade paid homage to the storm. One float was decorated with the blue tarp material that still covers hundreds of roofs. Phrases such as "No lights" and "No phone" and the word "Ike" with a line drawn through it were written on the float.

About 75% of homes in Galveston were damaged when the hurricane struck Sept. 13.

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