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The next time you visit New Orleans' beautiful French Quarter, take a moment to drink a toast to Mayor John T. Monroe; if he hadn't given up the city to Union forces in 1862 without a shot being fired, much of the historic buildings you're seeing might not be there today.
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One of the great Mardi Gras places to visit and celebrate this season is Lake Charles, La., and this year's lineup of fun events occurring March 4-8, 2011 looks better than ever. From gumbo delights and parades, to Zydeco music, dancing and block parties, organizers promise you'll have a great time.

Not many people realize this, but outside New Orleans, Lake Charles has the largest Mardi Gras concerning the number of krewes; almost 60 krewes. Lake Charles is also the only place in Louisiana to see all royal kings, queens and courts promenade in their exquisite costumes in one place - at the Royal Gala, March 7, the night before Mardi Gras!
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