Mardi Gras wraps with 2 dead, as Lent dawns for Christians

Christians on Wednesday headed into 46 days of Lent, the sacrificial lead-up to Easter — just a few hours after the revelry of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, left two dead by gun fire in a parking lot in New Orleans.

The deaths didn’t diminish the solemnity of the Lent season for Christians, however.

“It’s about celebration and sacrifice before Easter,” said Mardi Gras partier Jim Baker, of New Orleans, to The Associated Press. “[And] to show that you’re appreciative of being here.”

Mr. Baker said his sacrifice was “giving up desserts. I love desserts but I’m diabetic. So it’s a sacrifice, but it will be good for me,” AP reported.

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