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March 05, 2003

Biodiesel Makes Mardi Gras a Little Bit Cleaner

The annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans wrapped up on March 4th, ending a carnival season that officially began back on January 6th and geared up in late February. And although the word "clean" might not be your first thought regarding the event, this year's Mardi Gras was cleaner than recent ones, at least in one way: Diesel-fueled floats were offered a chance to use clean-burning biodiesel during the parades. About 1,400 gallons of biodiesel were provided for free by biodiesel marketer Peter Cremer North America, Proctor & Gamble Chemicals, and the Greater New Orleans Clean Cities Coalition. According to Jim Harvey, president of the Greater New Orleans Clean Cities Coalition, the heavy-duty parade vehicles consume about 25,000 gallons of fuel during Mardi Gras. See the press release from the National Biodiesel Board.

DOE's Clean Cities Program supports public-private partnerships that deploy alternative fuel vehicles and build supporting alternative fuel infrastructure. See the Clean Cities Program Web site.