Tens of thousands of revelers thronged Mardi Gras festivities, many yelling "throw me something, Mister!" in the universal call to float riders who tossed them coveted beads and trinkets on Tuesday's raucous finale to Carnival season in New Orleans.
Groups that join the Mardi Gras parade include the North Side Skull and Bone Gang, which wakes people up and tells children to behave, and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a historically African-American group that parades in blackface and grass skirts.
Five months after Hurricane Irma tore through a community, they came together as one on Fat Tuesday to celebrate what they have: each other.
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Mardi Gras and its various offshoots might collectively be the biggest party in the world.
The festival, which was adopted by the Christians from a Pagan festival, marks the last day before Lent when people traditionally fast for 40 days and 40 nights.
Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in Louisiana.
Workers at Taylor's Bakery in Indianapolis arrived Monday to start the overnight preparation of 500 "king cakes" and more than 6,000 paczki, the two pastries most traditionally sought after during Mardi Gras.
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Costumes are a huge part of the Mardi Gras celebrations in the French Quarter, and Tuesday's designs did not disappoint.
This is because people used to use the opportunity to use up any left over eggs in the cupboard before the start of Lent. And some are stuffed with jam or chocolate.
Waffles are also a popular sweet treat over Mardi Gras.
Carnival is all about letting off some steam. "The city purchased 200 of them at a cost of around $30,000, and workers installed almost all of them along the St. Charles Avenue parade route", The Times-Picayune reported this month, citing a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office.
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When they were unable to do that, they settled for the next best thing by throwing a Mardi Gras celebration in his memory.
The most famous carnivals in France are in Nice, which is known for its stunning floats, and Dunkerque, where herring are thrown into the crowd.
Today's Mardi Gras celebrations can be lavish and raucous.
But it isn't all fun and games.
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That's why some people celebrating Mardi Gras are also preparing for Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day on February 14. It celebrated its people.