Today is Fat Tuesday, the kick off to Mardi Gras.  If you plan on celebrating, have fun, but be careful...New Orleans paramedics are warning Mardi Gras revelers not to text and parade at the same time. They have treated people, who have been hit in the face with beads while they were texting.  New Orleans EMS tweeted: ''Heads up, hands out while floats are passing. We're seeing face/head injuries from beads.''

I'm guessing that alcohol may be involved!

Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll M
Getty Images for Rock 'n' Roll M

Over 750,000 people are expected to party in New Orleans today for Mardi Gras.

An NBC poll reveals that 50% of Americans celebrate Mardi Gras, while 70% would consider signing a petition to make Mardi Gras a national holiday.

According to a study done by the University of New Orleans, Mardi Gras celebrations generate $840 million annually. New Orleans alone makes over $144 million from their Mardi Gras celebrations.

Four hundred floats are expected to parade through New Orleans today.

68% of men and 63% of women will down at least five or six drinks during their Mardi Gras party today. 25% of men will have at least 16 drinks while 15% of women will down the same amount throughout the day today.

More From US 103-3