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Oct. 29, 2009, 5:13 p.m.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Based on the number of laborers and the degree of heavy machinery deployed to clean up after Mardi Gras, it seems that the celebration has returned to levels of excess not seen since before Hurricane Katrina. The 2008 clean-up fleet included 10 street sweepers, six front-end loaders, eight garbage trucks, three water trucks, three pressure washers and 12 dump trucks.