Bail set at $10M New Orleans Mother's Day shooting suspect

Bail set at $10M New Orleans Mother's Day shooting suspect

NEW ORLEANS, May 16 (UPI) -- New Orleans Mother's Day parade shooting suspect Akein Scott's bail has been set at $10 million, a judge decided Thursday.

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Suit alleges beating by New Orleans police

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- An Alabama man claims in a federal lawsuit he was beaten by New Orleans police while handcuffed to a bench during the 2012 Mardi Gras.

3rd man arrested in Mardi Gras shooting

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A third suspect has been arrested for a quadruple shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street during the city's Mardi Gras festivities, police said.

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Urine tossed from New Orleans parade float

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A reveler who allegedly threw urine from a pre-Mardi Gras parade float has been banned from the event and is under investigation, New Orleans police said.

Mardi Gras beatings investigated

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A videotaped encounter between white state troopers and two young black men during New Orleans' Mardi Gras should be investigated, a civil rights group says.
Two now charged in Mardi Gras shooting

Two now charged in Mardi Gras shooting

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A second man has been arrested in the shooting of four people during weekend Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans police say.

Arrest made in Mardi Gras shooting

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- New Orleans police said Monday a suspect in a Bourbon Street shooting during Mardi Gras festivities that wounded four people had turned himself in.

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Weather to put a damper on Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A forecast for thunderstorms has prompted the cancellation of two Mardi Gras parades slated for Monday evening, a parade official said.

4 wounded in Mardi Gras shooting

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- New Orleans police Sunday released a private citizen's video showing the Bourbon Street shooting during Mardi Gras festivities that wounded four people.

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Dog parade features 'Honey Boo Boo' floats

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Reality TV series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" was parodied by numerous canines and their owners during the 2013 Barkus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
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Mardi Gras
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The terms "Mardi Gras" ( /ˈmɑrdiɡrɑː/), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" (in ethnic English tradition, Shrove Tuesday), referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition. In English, the day is called Shrove Tuesday, associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

In many areas, the term "Mardi Gras" has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called "Mardi Gras Day" or "Fat Tuesday". The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany or Twelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras. In Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras-associated social events begin in November, followed by mystic society balls on Thanksgiving, then New Year's Eve, followed by parades and balls in January and February, celebrating up to midnight before Ash Wednesday. In earlier times parades were held on New Year's Day. Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Barranquilla, Colombia, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Quebec City, Canada; Mazatlán, Sinaloa in Mexico; and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Carnival is an important celebration in Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called "shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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