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A Fat #TuesdayTop10 celebration of Mardi Gras

The Shield gets a bead on a family-friendly parade to commemorate the last days before Lent in Lousiana

A man throws Mardi Gras beads high in the air into a group of many people who jumped and down excitedly to capture the man's attention. As he threw the beads high in the sky, one person in the crowd said about Mardi Gras:

A man throws Mardi Gras beads high in the air into a group of many people who jumped and down excitedly to capture the man's attention. As he threw the beads high in the sky, one person in the crowd said about Mardi Gras: "It is just a blast here today everyone comes here in town, and there is never a single sad face here. It is just amazing and get free stuff." Many of the floats resembled party busses and were decorated in gold, purple and green, the Mardi Gras colors. Photo by Jack Hester.

Jack Hester, Mac Photojournalism

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Photojournalism student Jack Hester attended a Mardi Gras parade in Lafayette Parish, La., on Saturday, Feb. 3. The small city of Carencro hosted the traditional Mardi Gras parade. Hundreds came to the parade to celebrate the holiday. People on floats tossed beads or another items, and people along the parade route tried to catch as many beads as they could. The intermittent rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those who attended.

In our latest #Tuesday Top 10, which coincides with Fat Tuesday celebrations all over Louisiana and the nation, Hester takes you on a virtual tour of the parade in Lafayette Parish.

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