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Mardi Gras celebrations will begin Tuesday

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A person need not be Catholic to enjoy the onset of Lent, which begins Tuesday with a world-wide celebration known as "Fat Tuesday." Mardi Gras takes on a party atmosphere and has throughout much of history.

Local Catholics celebrate at St. James Basilica but additional events take place as well. For many cultures it is a seasonal turning point meant to signal the end of winter and the promise of the joyous warmth of spring, or Easter.

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