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Locals celebrate Mardi Gras from snowy Ohio to New Roads Tuesday

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BATON ROUGE - The Mardi Gras spirit is alive and well Tuesday as revelers take to the streets and even snow banks from the capital region to the northeast.

Around the area, two parades are planned: a morning parade in New Roads and a 2 p.m. parade following it. The afternoon parade will be shown live on WBTR TV, a community TV station owned by WBRZ. WBRZ anchor/reporter Chris Nakamoto and political reporter Mark Armstrong will host the live telecast of the parade through New Roads. The event will also be streamed live on WBRZ.com.

In New Orleans, the final day of carnival sent parades through the street. Famous krewes of Zulu and Rex take to the streets and family-friendly parades in Jefferson Parish will close the season later in the afternoon.

In Dayton, Ohio, the Jeannets of Baton Rouge are dealing with 27-degree weather and snow. They are natives of Louisiana but recently moved to Ohio where they are celebrating Mardi Gras. The family's child, Silas, sat next to a snowman for a picture.

"We've felt very welcome up here and love the area, but we're definitely missing home today," Leslie Jeannet wrote to WBRZ Tuesday afternoon.

Louisianans who have moved away also posted pictures of their families enjoying Mardi Gras far away from the south.

By lunchtime in New Orleans, revelers had made their way to the French Quarter where crowds of people were seen on a live Internet camera.

Right here on WBRZ.com., you'll be able to catch a livestream of the regionally-renowned New Roads Lions Carnival Mardi Gras parade on our livestream page. Our stream will go live at 2:30 p.m. as the floats approach News 2's camera crew.

Watch Tuesday afternoon editions of WBRZ News 2 for more Mardi Gras coverage.


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