NEW ORLEANS - The Super Bowl landing in the middle of parading made Carnival 2013 a very busy and memorable time. All of that came to an end on Wednesday as many ushered in the new season of Lent.
At midnight police marched down Bourbon Street to tell revelers that Mardi Gras was officially over.
Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Louis Cathedral began at 7:30 a.m.
Father William Maestri celebrated the first of three to be said.
"There will be a noon Mass here at St. Louis Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Aymond, after which ashes will be distributed to the faithful, as well as those who wish to participate in that part of the ceremony. It's not, of course, limited to Catholics. Many non-Catholics also receive ashes during this particular beginning of this holy season of Lent for the next 40 days, aiming, of course, towards Easter," Maestri said.
The third Mass will be said at 5 at p.m.
Catholic churches across the city are holding Masses in honor of Ash Wednesday.