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KENNER, LA (WGNO) – Have you ever wondered where some Mardi Gras floats go when they can no longer be part of the parades?

Some floats end up in Mardi gras float “graveyards” or lots like this one in Kenner on Albany St.

“You look at all these floats and they look really lonely.  Kind of odd when you look at them here,”  Rhonda Palassie said.

Every day when Palassie looks out her window at work she sees the skeletons of these floats that once were.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people were loading the floats up with beads, cups, and doubloons?”

The owner of the lot said he had plans to repair the floats, but recently got sick and hasn’t been able to fix them.

“They look weathered, but anything can be refurbished if you put enough effort into it,” Palassie said.

Mr. Mardi Gras himself, Carl Mack of Carl Mack Presents Inc. believes all floats whether resurrected or not…had their day in the sun.

“They will live on through the memories of the people and the memories of the people who stood there to catch the beads.  It’s really sad to see floats pass away, but floats like any other kind of life are something to celebrate,”  Mack said.

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:

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.


Beads And Rain Fall On Revelers During Argus

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)

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Krewe of Argus in Metairie

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)

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Mardi Gras From Gallier Hall

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!