Heavy construction equipment picks up trash from the night before to prepare for Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter on February 24, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says 262 tons of garbage had already been collected before Saturday's parades took place.
Every year, an average of 1000 tons of trash is collected during Mardi Gras. Last year, officials reported collecting more tan 45 tons of trash in gutters along the St. Charles parade route alone.
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