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Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy Fat Tuesday — Lent is around the corner

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Happy Mardi Gras. Today is the last day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, a time of fasting and prayer for many Christians leading up to Easter. So today, Fat Tuesday, is a day for eating and drinking. New Orleans, or N'Ahlens (ph), or New Orleyans (ph) is the best-known place for celebrating in the U.S. It has several parades scheduled today, including two of the most well-known, Zulu and Rex. Let the good times roll. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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