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LA Celebrates Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is officially underway in New Orleans, but the distance isn't stopping Los Angeles residents from sharing in the fun.

Tuesday marked the final and biggest day of Mardi Gras. From New Orleans to Brazil and even in Los Angeles, people celebrated.

The carnival celebration is biggest in New Orleans and Brazil.

One USC student went to Louisiana to join the New Orleans festivities.

"I got off the plane and instantly it was a celebration," said Senior Otto Behrle. "Everyone was in the same mindset of being there for the weekend and ready to celebrate.

Those who couldn't leave Los Angeles to celebrate could also take part in Mardi Gras fun. The Farmers Market at The Grove held some special events.

"They have the Puppy Gras Parade which is puppies in jewels dressed as jesters," said Fabi Duran, a Farmer's Market sales clerk. "They have face painting, music going around the markets.

A former New Orleans native who runs a bakery in Los Angeles prepared forty King Cakes, the traditional dessert of Mardi Gras.

A tiny plastic baby is baked inside the cake. Whoever gets the slice with the baby is said to have good luck and must bring a King Cake to next year's party.

Mardi Gras ends on Fat Tuesday, the last day to indulge before lent begins.

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