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Mar 8, 2011 1:33 PM by Associated Press (BT)

Mardi Gras partiers highlight the Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The skies over New Orleans have been gray today, with the threat of rain, but that hasn't dampened the spirits for Mardi Gras.

Revelers wearing costumes that lampooned current events can be seen along Bourbon Street. The oil spill is a popular theme. One man was dressed as a member of a clean-up crew. Five New Orleans women wore grass skirts along with hats with the BP logo. Their shirts contained slogans blasting the oil company.

Shortly after sunrise, members of the Krewe of Zulu boarded floats at the Louisiana Superdome for their parade through the city. Leading the parade on horseback was Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The parade of Rex, King of Carnival, followed - and so did a slew of street marching clubs, including one led by entertainer Pete Fountain.

Mardi Gras is later than usual this year, and it coincides with spring break for college students. Students have been out in force.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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