Nixed: Amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the 2021 Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade won’t roll through downtown Feb. 13, after the city-parish did not approve the krewe’s plans, WBRZ-TV reports. While officials hope to reschedule the 41st installment of the pink parade later in the year, it’s unclear when that would be. While other Baton Rouge Mardi Gras krewes, like Orion and Southdowns, already had nixed plans for their 2021 parades, Spanish Town officials had held out hope. Read the full story.
Bright spot: The seventh College Football Playoff kicks off Friday, with No. 1 Alabama facing No. 4 Notre Dame in Arlington, Texas, and No. 2 Clemson battling No. 3 Ohio State in New Orleans. There are no debutants in this field; these four programs have combined for 18 of the 28 total CFP bids, ESPN writes. But not every Tide, Tigers or Buckeyes team is a carbon copy of others and none of these programs fielded the greatest team of the CFP era. To set the table for this CFP, ESPN has ranked all 28 of the teams with LSU coming in as No. 1. See the list here.
Worst offenders: Americans owe $1.7 trillion in college debt, an amount that grows every year. And while colleges differ greatly in their propensity to load up families with debt, it has been hard to identify the biggest offenders—until now. New data from the College Scorecard shows that some colleges are worse than others when it comes to the debt that parents take on. The New York Times has the full story.