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Massive Mardi Gras mop-up in New Orleans

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Mardi Gras reveler Mike Turpin, whose night still isn't over, reacts as a front loader collects beads and other debris left behind by revelers on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, early Wednesday, March 9. Ash Wednesday marks the end of Mardi Gras festivities and the beginning of the Lenten season for Catholics.

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A man runs for shelter as rain pours down on a nearly deserted Bourbon Street.

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Workers use front loaders to clean up beads and other debris left behind by Mardi Gras revelers on Bourbon Street.

 These morning-after images give a pretty good idea of just how hard they partied in New Orleans over the past few days.  See more images from celebrations around the world here.