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Want Your City to Be Weird? Name it Portland

A giant mural imploring residents to “Keep Portland Weird” is on display in the Pacific Northwest city, which prides itself on its eclectic (really, there were a...

Mardi Gras on Grand Isle: The Persistence of Tar Balls

Tangled ropes of purple, gold and green beads sailed through the air, landing with a thwack on Louisiana Highway 1 on Sunday afternoon. Perched on the back of a...

The Moment

It's not like new Orleans ever needs an excuse to party, but the city's first Super Bowl win provided the best reason to ratchet up Mardi Gras a week early. It...

Crowded House

Think of it as the Japanese Mardi Gras. Held in May, the 350-year-old Sanja Matsuri festival brings 1.5 million revelers to Asakusa in eastern Tokyo to honor...

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