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Not yet: Crews repair damage Tuesday caused by high winds recently to the New York Power Authority's ice boom in Lake Erie. Although there is no ice on the lake so far this winter, it's still too soon to remove the 1.7-mile boom. The earliest day it's been taken out was March 5, 1998, another year when the lake didn't freeze.

Founding Father feted: Dennis Turton, first lieutenant commander general of the Masonic War Veterans of New York, left, and past commander John Borycki present a wreath Tuesday as several groups of Masons paid tribute to George Washington at Washington's statue in front of Old Erie County Hall in downtown Buffalo.

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High spirits: Revelers on floats and trucks wave and shout greetings to onlookers Tuesday evening as Buffalo's 17th annual Mardi Gras Parade proceeded down Elmwood Avenue to Allentown and the Chippewa Entertainment District, where celebrations continued long into the night.

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Early exercise: The Canisius College rowing team works out Tuesday in the Black Rock Channel under the Peace Bridge. The mild winter has rewarded local rowing teams with extra practice time on the water.

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Easy rolling: A dog named Moose tows his owner, David Constantino of Amherst, on a longboard Tuesday along a street in his neighborhood.

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Major moment: Ellana Suphankomut, 3, of Cheektowaga, gazes over the shoulder of her father, Kim, a native of Thailand, during a naturalization ceremony for new citizens Tuesday in the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo.