Mardi Gras peaceful and packed
Business dropped off sharply in the Bourbon Street bars on Wednesday, but picked up rapidly in New Orleans churches.
Mardi Gras ended at midnight Tuesday and Lent descended on the city, ending what had been a weeklong celebration of the New Orleans Saints victory in the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras.
Catholic churches had beefed up their schedule of masses Wednesday to accommodate those wishing to receive the traditional daubing of ashes, and those hoping to atone for their sins.
Police superintendent Warren Riley said the festivities had been larger than normal and more peaceful than usual.
Riley credited the Saints historic victory for the decrease in violence.
He says people were just too happy to cause much trouble.