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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

The party lasted all day, Uptown, along the parade route.  Our Kenny Lopez went on a search for some of the craziest and fun costumes.

Even Mayor Landrieu lets loose during Mardi Gras! During a break in the Zulu Parade, the mayor dances with a few people in the crowd.

Mardi Gras action isn’t confined to just New Orleans! In neighboring Jefferson Parish, the Krewes of Argus, Elks Jefferson and Jefferson parade on Mardi Gras day.

WGNO’s Ed Daniels has some words of advice to anyone looking to enjoy these Metairie parades: get to the parade route early! Jefferson Parish parades always start on time, and a few floats have been scratched at the last minute (most notably the Budweiser Clydesdales) because of the threat of bad weather.

This year Argus XXIX is businessman Raymond J. Brandt, who brought his grandchildren along for the ride, and Queen Argus XXIX is Lydia Louise Netterville.


Dignitaries gather at Gallier Hall for Mardi Gras

Gallier Hall, which served as New Orleans’ city hall for over 100 years, has continued to be a focal point during Carnival celebrations, including Mardi Gras day.

The kings of most of the Mardi Gras krewes – including Rex, King of Carnival – stop at Gallier Hall to toast the mayor of New Orleans, along with other gathered dignitaries.

“As King Zulu you brought us this beautiful weather, you look spectacular, and on behalf of the City Council and the people of the city we bequeath the streets unto you for you and your lovely queen’s reign,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu when King Zulu passed on Mardi Gras morning. “So if everybody will help me raise a glass and say ‘Hail, King Zulu!’ “

The King and Queen wished everyone a safe and happy Mardi Gras and thanked the public for adding to today’s celebration.

The mayor gave the King & Queen of Zulu keys to the city, and even joked that whoever gets to the city’s secret vault first can have everything inside.


Mardi Gras morning on Bourbon Street

NEW ORLEANS – There are two distinct groups of people you see on Bourbon Street the morning of Mardi Gras day: those who’ve been out all night long (they’re pretty easy to spot), and those who got up early in the morning to put on costumes for the big day of celebrations.

It’s been a particularly busy morning for the face painters in the French Quarter. For anywhere from $10 to $30 they’ll turn your face into a Mardi Gras mask that won’t wash off in the rain (just in case).

On the streets you’ll see everything from pirates to Pelicans – we found one man in an original 1955 New Orleans Pelicans baseball uniform! – in leather and tinsel and beads.

So far it’s been a calm start to Fat Tuesday, but don’t expect that quiet to last long on Bourbon Street. Crowds were beginning to thicken by midday.

Once the Rex parade finishes, expect to see huge crowds make their way into the Quarter, turning Bourbon Street into party city for about 12 hours. At midnight law enforcement from around the area will clean out Bourbon Street, signifying an end to Mardi Gras and the beginning of Ash Wednesday and Lent.


Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club gets ready to roll

Molly Rosenblatt Reports on Good Morning New Orleans

Thanks to our WGNO viewers for sharing your Mardi Gras photos with us!

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Despite the threat of rain, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club parade started Mardi Gras day off with a bang!

Many thanks to the organizers at the Gertrude Geddes Willis viewing stand on Jackson Avenue for letting us use their bleachers!