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Published: Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Parade weekend begins for Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS

The city’s glitziest, most star-studded parades of the Carnival season will roll this weekend, including one with a float being touted as the biggest in New Orleans’ history.

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, but more than a dozen parades roll in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday.

The Krewe of Endymion’s “super float” rolls Saturday night in New Orleans, led by pop star Kelly Clarkson.

Sunday’s Bacchus parade will include more than two dozen child cancer patients, who will ride with Bacchus celebrity king, actor G.W. Bailey.

On Monday, actor Gary Sinise and New Orleans musicians Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Harry Connick Jr. will ride in the Orpheus parade.

The Carnival season culminates Mardi Gras day with street revelry and the pageantry of the Rex and Zulu parades

Actor Cromwell arrested at meeting

MADISON, Wis.

Actor James Cromwell has been arrested for reportedly disrupting a University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting where he was protesting animal testing.

University police Sgt. Brent Gruber says the 73-year-old Cromwell was arrested and ticketed on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Cromwell and an activist from an animal-rights group who also was arrested were released from jail by Thursday afternoon.

They held two large signs showing a cat with metal implanted in its head at a UW-Madison lab, while shouting about the treatment of cats Thursday morning. The director of the school’s Research Animal Resources Center says federal agriculture officials have found their claims to be false.

Cromwell was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1995 film “Babe.” Other credits include “L.A. Confidential,” “The Green Mile” and “The Artist.”

Grammy stars asked to cover up for show

NEW YORK

CBS is asking stars not to bare too much skin at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

The network requests that “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered” for the televised award show. The memo sent out Wednesday also warned against “see-through clothing,” exposure of “the genital region” and said that “thong type costumes are problematic.”

Representatives for CBS and the Recording Academy declined to comment Thursday. Deadline Hollywood blog first reported the memo.

CBS broadcast the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that included Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction.” The network initially was fined by the Federal Communications Commission, though the fine later was overturned.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will take place Sunday at 8 p.m. at Los Angles’ Staples Center.

Wire reports


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