Fat Tuesday cleanup underway Wednesday morning

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — It’s Ash Wednesday but there’s still plenty to clean up from Fat Tuesday. This is sort of the morning hangover from Mardi Gras. Crews with Mobile Public Works as well as the Downtown Mobile Alliance will be out this morning picking up all the junk the street sweepers can’t get on their own.

There were plenty of people to make a big mess in Mobile. According to Mobile Police, more than 123,000 people attended parades Fat Tuesday. 211 Parking tickets were issued and 84 vehicles were towed.

That’s a big crowd on a day where it looked dreary but didn’t really keep people away. There were no major issues with parades this year. Now crews have to pick up hundreds of pounds of junk. That includes beads, cups, tents, chairs and sometimes pieces of furniture.

The major trash pickup should be done by about 4 this afternoon. An official with the Downtown Mobile Alliance says they’ll powerwash the Downtown Improvement District for the next three to four weeks to get rid of some of the remaining grime. Clayton Ratledge said the city employees get a lot of that big trash gone even before they get there. When I finally got to Bienville Square at 7 am I couldn’t find any large items like furniture. Two years ago we told you about movie money that was discovered as trash and likely used as throws from one of the floats.

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