Mardi Gras, Parades

Gallery: Skull and Bones Gang kicks off Mardi Gras dark and early

The North Side Skull and Bones Gang woke up revelers in Treme on Mardi Gras morning.

The group celebrated its 200th anniversary as the oldest Mardi Gras Black Indian Gang or Tribe in America, with an African Creole tradition dating back to 1819.

The gang members were descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

Skull and Bones are meant to remind people of their mortality and to live a moral life to avoid becoming Skull and Bones themselves.