4:30 PM Newscast

At the NFL draft combine in Indianapolis, former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow put to rest rumors that he would not play for the Bengals if Cincinnati selected him with the top overall pick. Some NFL reporters have speculated Burrow would pressure Cincinnati not to draft him. Burrow will not throw at the combine, but he looks forward to meeting with several teams, including the Bengals…

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With two float related fatalities within days of each other involving tandem floats, New Orleans Police Superintendent  Shaun Ferguson made the call to cease the use of tandem floats for the remainder of the 2020 festivities.  Ferguson received criticism for making the decision but he feels he made the correct choice.
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Ferguson says safety is his top priority for the citizens of New Orleans and its visitors.

A massive party is taking place across south Louisiana on this Fat Tuesday. There have been parades all day in Lake Charles and Lafayette. K-PEL Radio’s Bernadette Lee says multiple parades will roll through downtown Lafayette…

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Millions are celebrating Mardi Gras around the world, but no one does it bigger than New Orleans.  The celebration has a large economic impact on the Big Easy, bringing in over $1 billion annually, which is roughly 2 percent of the city’s GDP.  The average price to attend a Mardi Gras ball is about $190 a ticket. Personal finance website WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales says a VIP experience of riding on a float is upwards of $3000.

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About 25 million pounds of beads are thrown during the celebrations.  92,000 pounds of beads are removed from storm drains after the celebration.