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Al Copeland is God. At least it seems that way on this February night in the suburbs of New Orleans, where tens of thousands of people are swarming the streets, screaming his name, jostling for his attention, pleading with outstretched palms for the manna he dispenses so bountifully. "Al, oh, Al, Al, Al," implores an elderly, gray-haired woman from her wheelchair. A cherubic boy, hoping to stand out from the crowd, waves frantically atop a ladder.
February 6, 1986 | TONI TIPTON
Tuesday marks Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, the concluding day of a four-day celebration in New Orleans. It preceeds Ash Wednesday, which is always 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter. In French, Mardi Gras translates as "Fat Tuesday" and it is accompanied by extravagant reveling before Lent, the period of fasting and penitence before Easter.
April 25, 2010 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
Mardi Gras 2006: Daisy Johnson Palmer, a retired teacher, was watching the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade pass the corner of Canal and Dauphine streets when she was struck in the head by a flying object that she believes was a coconut. That coconut, if that's indeed what it was, sparked a negligence suit and an only-in-Louisiana legal drama that continues to this day — one that has commanded the attention of two district judges, an appellate court panel, and now, possibly, the Louisiana Supreme Court.
May 13, 1992
The Mardi Gras scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at UCLA has been canceled. A large number of students involved in the fund-raiser are instead taking part in relief efforts in the aftermath of the riots in Los Angeles, said Dave Olson, a UCLA student and executive director of the Mardi Gras celebration. Those who usually provide donations or supplies to the Mardi Gras are being asked to support the rebuilding effort.
February 11, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chilly temperatures and cloudy skies had little impact on Mardi Gras madness as hundreds of thousands of revelers threw themselves into raucous nonstop parties and parades. A 26-year-old Chicago tourist, who declined to give her name, wore a skimpy Las Vegas showgirl costume on top of a sweat suit and thermal underwear as she stood in the French Quarter. Mardi Gras runs from Jan. 6, Twelfth Night, to today, Fat Tuesday.
June 2, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The city's top administrator has told organizers that he won't approve an event permit for next year's Mardi Gras parade because of the event's increasing rowdiness. Administrative Officer Ken Hampian's decision could be appealed to the City Council, but Mardi Gras organizers apparently have accepted it. The event started small 23 years ago and grew to be the city's largest annual bash.
February 13, 1986 | United Press International
Sanitation workers Wednesday collected more than 1,500 tons of garbage to transform ankle-deep trash-strewn Mardi Gras parade routes back into the central business district of the city.
January 9, 1994
New Orleans' 138th celebration of Mardi Gras begins Feb. 4, kicking off 12 days of parades and festivities. Visitors may obtain information from the Greater New Orleans Tourist & Convention Commission, (504) 566-5068, and the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Motel Assn., (504) 525-2264. They may also order the 18th edition of "The Mardi Gras Guide, 1994" from Arthur Hardy Enterprises Inc., P.O. Box 19500, New Orleans, La. 70179. Cost is $5.
April 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Reacting to the costly rioting during February's five-day Mardi Gras celebration, the police chief and city administrator urged the City Council to end future events. Excessive drinking led to a rock- and bottle-throwing melee that cost taxpayers nearly $500,000, they said. Police Chief Deborah Linden and City Administrative Officer Ken Hampian presented a nine-page report to the council asking for an end to Mardi Gras festivities.
February 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Some participants in weekend Mardi Gras festivities threw beer bottles and punches and smashed windows, injuring about 30 people. More than 50 people were arrested. Six people were treated at hospitals, including an Austin police officer. Police arrested 56 people on charges ranging from indecent exposure to public intoxication. Police used tear gas and shot rubber pellets to disperse the crowd of party-goers, estimated at about 100,000 people.
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