NEW ORLEANS — Revelers dressed in costumes and reaching for beads thrown from floats take to the streets Tuesday in the New Orleans area when Carnival season reaches its peak.

After weeks of Carnival fun, bigger parades and the best traditions, Mardi Gras day 2020 is sure to be a great one.

Carnival season begins Jan. 6 and ends Fat Tuesday after weeks of parades, balls and merriment.

This year's celebration is tinged with grief after two paradegoers were hit and killed by floats in the run-up to Fat Tuesday. 

Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says representatives from parade krewes, police and the city will meet this week or next to discuss safety issues surrounding the parades.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.