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The short life and long legacy of Memphis Mardi Gras

By , Daily Memphian Updated: February 22, 2021 2:48 PM CT | Published: February 14, 2021 4:00 AM CT

For a while, the good times rolled when Memphis had its own Mardi Gras. Then Yellow Fever happened. This year, as the pandemic takes a toll on Fat Tuesday, we look at 1870s images that recall a citywide celebration.

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Bill Dries

Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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