Watch live: Mardi Gras celebrations kick off in New Orleans

Carnival season festivities will close Tuesday in spectacular fashion with colorful parades, glitzy beads and masked celebrants.

Mardi Gras is celebrated around the globe and has roots in Christian traditions. In the United States, the grandest celebrations are held in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras is core to the southern city’s identity.

The city's famous annual parades were back in full swing for the second year in a row after the pandemic put the partying on pause in 2021. More than 1 million visitors have flood the city for Mardi Gras, according to a study by WalletHub.

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