THIS is Mardi Gras: Viral video captures Uptown Carnival festivities

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – More often than not New Orleans Mardi Gras gets a bad rap from out-of-staters. They think boobs and booze. And though it certainly can be that. Mardi Gras means something entirely different for the families who live in and around New Orleans.

New Orleans filmmaker Crista Rock captured that family-friendly atmosphere Saturday as the Krewe of Tucks rolled in Uptown. The video is worth sharing with those friends who don’t believe you that “THIS is Mardi Gras.”

The two-minute video uploaded to Facebook Saturday (Feb. 6.) has been viewed more than 598,000 times!