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Mardi Gras parades to role, minus fire trucks, amid dispute

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fire trucks traditionally bring up the rear of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans _ but not this year. As the city's Carnival season kicks into high gear with parades starting Friday night, city officials say fire trucks won't be rolling behind parades. Fire chief Tim McConnell and Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Friday the tradition is being abandoned to make sure more trucks are available when needed anywhere in the city. They said it has nothing to do with an ongoing labor dispute over staffing and overtime. Parades are scheduled almost daily until Mardi Gras — or Fat Tuesday — Feb. 25

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