Photos: NOPD clears out Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras is officially over

Bike cops and mounted officers line up as New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Police Chief Shaun Ferguson and representatives from several state and local police departments as well as first responders prepare to perform the traditional and largely symbolic midnight sweep of Bourbon Street to mark the end of Mardi Gras.

Get Outta Town: Six parks perfect for post-Mardi Gras getaways

Don’t get us wrong. We all love Carnival. But somewhere around Mardi Gras Day, it’s easy to hit a wall in the oft-mentioned marathon. Mardi Gras burnout is real and weeks of partying in the street with thousands of people is bound to take a toll.

Photos: Skull & Bone Gang wake up Treme for Mardi Gras

For over 200 years the Northside Skull and Bone Gang has woken up Treme residents for Mardi Gras. The skeleton gang led by Chief Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes is meant to remind people of their mortality and to live a moral life to avoid becoming Skull and Bones.

Is a plastic-free Mardi Gras possible?

Is a greener, plastic-free Mardi Gras possible? Sustainability advocates are optimistic, though they acknowledge it will require a major cultural shift. The answer is more complicated for krewes and riders.