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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The day before Fat Tuesday is almost as lively as Mardi Gras itself, with bands playing on the riverfront, the French Quarter alive with revelers and the make-believe-monarchs of Mardi Gras putting in a time-honored ceremonial appearance.

And, oh yeah, on Monday night, there's that celebrity-infused parade by a krewe associated with singer Harry Connick Jr.

Revelers, most bundled inside coats, some wearing scarves, hats and gloves, jammed the French Quarter's Woldenberg Park alongside the Mississippi River for New Orleans' pre-party known as Lundi Gras.

Maria Killeen, of Ottawa, Canada, wasn't deterred by the chilly temperatures. She says the weather, in the upper 40s, was absolutely balmy compared to what she's used to at home.

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