The Mardi Gras season ends at midnight on Mardi Gras day, when
New Orleans mounted police march through the French Quarter to
clear out revelers, making way for the street cleaners.  They are polite,
but firm.  There's no mistaking the message:  the party's surely over.
Not to worry, though, in about 11 months, the season starts again!
The Party's Over
One way to measure the success of Mardi Gras is by the tonnage
of garbage and debris collected.  On average, the city collects
more than 8,000 tons of refuse during a Mardi Gras season.
But, up until that moment at midnight, what a crazy, crazy party . . .
The party's over?  No, no, say it isn't so!