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New Orleans, LA, February 12, 2013, Sneakers with red shoelaces stand on Mardi Gras beads in the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras Day. | Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images
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New Orleans Tries to Keep Mardi Gras Beads From Clogging Its Arteries

As Mardi Gras festivities reach their peak, locals contend with the tens of thousands of pounds of beads that end up in the city's drainage system.