NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Loud music and raucous crowds have been replaced by the sound of street sweepers and push brooms in New Orleans' French Quarter. A few tourists remained on Ash Wednesday as business owners hosed off the sidewalks outside bars, restaurants, strip joints and souvenir stores.
A few had ashes smudged on their foreheads after an early morning Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in the Quarter's Jackson Square.
Crowds were large over the weekend although gloomy weather and a forecast of possible storms appeared to have kept this year's Fat Tuesday crowds a bit smaller than usual. Visitors said they enjoyed the celebration and weren't deterred by a shooting that happened on Bourbon Street on Saturday night.
Four people were wounded in that incident and two people have been arrested.