While for some, Mardi Gras means walking around Bourbon Street (mostly) naked and/or flashing for beads, others use the holiday to dress up! We tried to capture photos of both. If you have a great costume pic you’d like to include, e-mail it to us: email@example.com.
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Super Bowl champions Ed Reed and Jacoby Jones enjoyed another thrill in New Orleans. They rode with the Krewe of Zulu on Mardi Gras morning.
Former Buccaneers All Pro Warren Sapp joined the Baltimore Ravens stars.
Reed is a former star at Destrehan High School.
Jones is from New Orleans and attended Abramson High School.
The neutral ground on Bonnabel, from Veterans Blvd to I-10, is usually packed on Mardi Gras day. This year, it was just crowded.
Rain sent some people scampering home, but most stuck it out.
Local businessman Ray Brandt reigned as Argus 29. He brought his grandchildren along for the ride.
“These two are the love of my life. They had to be up there with me,” Brandt told WGNO’s Ed Daniels.
There were two noticeable absences from the parade: the Copeland’s boats and the Budweiser Clydesdales that were a late scatch due to concerns they would slip and fall in the wet weather.
After more than two weeks of Super Bowl and Mardi Gras in New Orleans (which some people are calling ‘Super Gras’) we’re now entering the final stretch!
Bourbon Street in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras is unlike any other festival. People have been filing into the Quarter steadily during the day.
People from all over the world are in New Orleans for the celebration, and thankfully, the weather has not been a major issue.
Crowds were plentiful even at 5 o’clock in the evening, and more people are expected to join in the revelry until midnight.
(News with a Twist – Tyler Wing reports – 2/12/13)
The crowds in Metairie were smaller than normal, but those who did brave the threat of rain had a ball at Mardi Gras in Jefferson Parish.
(News with a Twist – Ed Daniels reports – 2/12/13)
The sights from around New Orleans and Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!
(Music: The Friendly Indians: “Fat Tuesday” – Editing: Paul Milhet – News with a Twist – 2/12/13)
The intersection of Orleans and Claiborne Avenues will always be a Mardi Gras hot spot.
Many people celebrating this Fat Tuesday remember the neighborhood before the interstate went through New Orleans.
(News with a Twist – Alyson Titkemeyer reports – 2/12/13)
It’s Mardi Gras chaos! A sight we see year after year, but one that never gets old.
Outside Gallier Hall the party got started around 9:30 this morning when Zulu rolled up. It’s the place to be. A spot where celebrities mingle, the mayor boogies, and even NOPD’s top cop Ronal Serpas lets loose, and you may see Archbishop Gregory Aymond hanging out with celebrities like Wendell Pierce.
The theme of Zulu this year: Zulu Together with Love, Harmony and Peace. Up next was Rex whose theme is All Creatures Great and Small.
There was a sprinkle here and there, but overall the day came and went without a glitch. Another Mardi Gras down for the record books!
A New Orleans man has a Mardi Gras-themed mini-bus … and even a tattoo of Mardi Gras beads on his chest!
Bet you can’t find someone who loves Mardi Gras more than Tim McGuire.
“I am Mardi Gras Tim,” he said.
“My dad is a tattoo artist. I got these bead tattoos, one each year,” McGuire said.
Mardi Gras Tim’s Carnival spirit doesn’t end with his permanent ink beads. Let’s meet his “Shorty” bus.
“It’s my 1970 Volkswagen. It has purple, green, and gold lights underneath. It has wheely bars, and take a look a all the stars on the ceiling,” he said.
The “Shorty” bus makes people smile. When the “Shorty” bus isn’t making people smile on the streets, it can be found parked on St. Charles Ave. and Milan Street. It’s even been featured on TV’s “Treme” and “Miami Ink”.
Mardi Gras Tim said, “I guess Shorty needs an agent. It’s open for opportunities. If somebody calls then I entertain the idea of renting it out.”
Don’t mistake his ride for another famous bus.
“It’s not Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine. It’s a Volkswagen.”
One thing that is definitely no mystery is Mardi Gras Tim’s love for New Orleans.
“I’m originally from Ohio, but I came to Mardi Gras when I was 19 and stayed.”
“It’s fun here. You can’t compare it to anywhere else,” he said.
Expect to see the “Shorty” bus and Mardi Gras Tim riding in the Krewe of Little Rascals parade.
If you’d like to rent his mini-bus, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.