Members of the "Societe des Champs Elysee" toast as they ride the Rampart-St. Claude street car line, which just opened last fall, to commemorate the official start of Mardi Gras season, in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Wearing masks and festive costumes, they honored their king and queen at a neighborhood bar and danced as a brass band played "Carnival Time," before boarding their red street car. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Mardi Gras season kicks off in New Orleans

People in greater New Orleans braved the cold and rain Friday to mark the start of the Mardi Gras season, standing in pre-dawn, windy lines to buy celebratory cakes and closing the...