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Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mardi Gras has arrived in New Orleans. But officials in the tourism-dependent city aren't hoping for big crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.

All parades are canceled and bars throughout the city have been closed since Friday.

Even take-out drinks are forbidden. And officials put restrictions on crowds in the historic French Quarter, which is usually the scene of huge gatherings.  

Another possible factor in crowd control: Frigid, temperatures were in the weather forecast.

Other Gulf Coast communities also have taken virus-related safety measures. Mobile, Alabama, for instance, has canceled parades.

By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press

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