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Louisiana State Police weigh in on the debate of who does Mardi Gras best

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Louisiana State Troopers weighed in on the battle being waged by citizens of New Orleans and Mobile over who celebrates Mardi Gras best. The twitter war began after billboards posted by Alabama's state tourism agency were spotted around New Orleans and Southern Mississippi telling residents they were approximately 114 miles from the "original" Mardi Gras. 

This week, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted back and forth taking the debate from who did it first, to who does it better. 

While Mobile, Alabama may have the title of first Mardi Gras in the country, Mayor Landrieu and State Police seem to agree that New Orleans might just do it best. State Police shared a Facebook post and tweet on Friday, February 2nd, in response to the debate.


The Facebook post from LSP shows a Louisiana State trooper holding a single bead with the text, "Hey Alabama, we saw your signs advertising "America's Original Mardi Gras." We went, and this was all we caught... Thanks for the invite, but instead of driving 114 miles to Mobile we'll just stay in New Orleans!"

Residents in New Orleans and around Louisiana are getting ready to kick-off the Mardi Gras season on Friday, February 2. Several parades will begin this weekend in Acadiana and several more are already set for the coming weeks. To see a full list of Mardi Gras parades and events happening, click here.

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