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Bridge ceremony marks end of Mardi Gras season in ArkLaTex

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There was one final toast to Mardi Gras in the ArkLaTex Tuesday night, bringing in Lent with the annual Ash Wednesday ceremony on the Texas Street Bridge. There was one final toast to Mardi Gras in the ArkLaTex Tuesday night, bringing in Lent with the annual Ash Wednesday ceremony on the Texas Street Bridge.
Each person lined up for a blessing with a mark of ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads, given by Monsignor Earl V. Provenza. Each person lined up for a blessing with a mark of ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads, given by Monsignor Earl V. Provenza.
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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

There was one final toast to Mardi Gras in the ArkLaTex Tuesday night.

Krewes from the Shreveport-Bossier area gathered atop the Texas Street Bridge over the Red River as Mardi Gras season officially came to an end at midnight. This was followed by the annual Ash Wednesday ceremony on the bridge.

Each person lined up for a blessing with a mark of ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads. Wednesday is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent which consists of fasting and sacrifice.

"It's 40 days of reminding of our Lord who suffered on the cross and died for us. We try to return that by doing something very special. And that's why the first day of Lent is now. It goes all the way to Easter then we rejoice," says Monsignor Earl V. Provenza.

This year, Easter falls on Sunday, April 20.

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