Virus-muffled Mardi Gras hits New Orleans’ party-loving soul

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Parades canceled. Bars closed. Crowds suppressed. Mardi Gras joy is muted this year in New Orleans as authorities seek to stifle the coronavirus’s spread. And it’s a blow to the tradition-bound city’s party-loving soul.

“This year, it’ll be heartbreak,” said Virginia Saussy, a member of the …