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.
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.
Here are some of the wildest images from Fat Tuesday.
Things to do
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 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.
Now that the fun is over, what are you going to do with these bags of beads just laying around the house?
Elaborate and fabulous costumes compete for prizes in the categories of Drag, Leather, Group, Individual, and Best Overall during the 56th annual Bourbon Street Awards.
Just 24 hours ago, you were so alive! Now you’re in church, remembering your mortality and getting your ashes on Wednesday.
Jumping from Fry-to-Fry is a great way to learn about other parts of the city, and the River Parishes too.
Even if you didn’t catch a coconut this year, the Krewe of Zulu always brings gorgeous costumes and fun to the early morning on Mardi Gras Day.
It’s the weekend after Mardi Gras, so we’ve definitely slowed down with our revelry.
At some point this Carnival season, you’re going to want a breakfast free from tourists. These spots have you covered.
Step off the ski slopes and then grab a pistol, but you won’t be in a biathlon, and there won’t even be snow on the ground. This VR arcade is bringing real life to the East.
Here’s the backstory: the annual “tweeting of the courts,” helps bring the lowly public to the forefront of high society.
Most musicians hope to stay relevant for twenty years. Johnson, who is eighty, has been in the game since he was a boy in the Lower Ninth Ward. He’s the voice behind one of Mardi Gras’ most famous songs, ‘Carnival Time.’
The 1,500 members of the Krewe of Orpheus roll down the Uptown route on 38 floats with their parade entitled “Beastly Kingdoms of Orpheus” on Lundi Gras.
The collection boasts gowns and costumes from 1941 to 1968.