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Beads, Music, Parades! It's Time For Mardi Gras In New Orleans
Thousands braved the rain and chilly temperatures to take to the streets of New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras celebrations.
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Garren Thomas Mims Sr., King of the Krewe of Zulu, rides his float during Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The Zulu parade began on schedule, led by a New Orleans police vanguard on horseback that included Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Members of the Krewe of Zulu march during Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Despite rain and cold in Tuesday's forecast, revelers are gathering along parade routes as the Carnival season in New Orleans heads to a crest with the unabashed celebration of Mardi Gras. The Zulu parade began on schedule, led by a New Orleans police vanguard on horseback that included Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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The Krewe of Orpheus rolls in uptown New Orleans, led by celebrity monarch Quentin Tarantino reigning over the superkrewe's 32-float parade on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3, 2014. The float theme for 2014 is "Orpheus: The Enchanted World." Signature floats include the Trojan Horse, the Dolly Trolley and the Leviathan; flambeaux also will be featured. Throws include beads, cups and oversized doubloons. Parade ends at the Convention Center, where the Orpheuscapade commenced. (AP Photo/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune, David Grunfeld) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT

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People yell for beads as the Krewe of Orpheus rolls uptown led by celebrity monarch Quentin Tarantino reigning over the superkrewe's 32-float parade on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New Orleans. The float theme for 2014 is "Orpheus: The Enchanted World." Signature floats include the Trojan Horse, the Dolly Trolley and the Leviathan; flambeaux also will be featured. Throws include beads, cups and oversized doubloons. Parade ends at the Convention Center, where the Orpheuscapade commenced. (AP Photo/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune, David Grunfeld) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT

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Members of the Krewe of Zulu hold painted coconuts to give to parade-goers, as they march during Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The Zulu parade began on schedule, led by a New Orleans police vanguard on horseback that included Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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The Krewe of Proteus rolls uptown on Lundi Gras, Monday, March 3, 2014, in New Orleans. The 20-float parade depicted the theme "Ancient Elements of Alchemy." The identity of the oldest night parade's monarch always remains secret. (AP Photo/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune, David Grunfeld) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT

Beads, Music, Parades! It's Time For Mardi Gras In New Orleans

Thousands braved the rain and chilly temperatures to take to the streets of New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras celebrations.

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