Friday, February 24, 2006

Mardi Gras Countdown Marked by Loss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the final countdown to the city's first Mardi Gras celebration after Hurricane Katrina, there are parades and parties - but also sobering reminders of loss. The first appeared Thursday night, when the biggest of three parades to roll, the all-woman Krewe of Muses parade, culminated with an empty float to symbolize the area's victims - more than 1,000 deaths and close to 2,000 still missing in the aftermath of the Aug. 29 storm.
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