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Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Carnival Season in New Orleans begins on Twelfth Night, January 6, and continues until midnight on Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. During this period Carnival organizations hold their formal balls and parties and 10 days before Mardi Gras the parades begin. Some of the Krewes (as the organizations are called) are very old and traditional and one must be invited to join. The newer Krewes can be joined by merely paying dues.
Mardi Gras 2010 was a particularly joyous one for the City of New Orleans because the football team, the New Orleans Saints, was victorious throughout the season, won the NFC championship and went to the Super Bowl, winning the World championship two weeks before Mardi Gras. The City was in one constant state of euphoria, not only because it was Carnival season, not only because their beloved Saints won the Super Bowl, but because the City appeared to rise out of its four and one-half year depression following the devastation of the broken levees and flooding of 80 per cent of the City following Hurricane Katrina. Everyone felt lighter, brighter and it was a good time to be alive in New Orleans.
In this gallery I have tried to capture some of that spirit. I have also tried to depict the creativity and labor that go into the design of the floats of the various organizations.
If you click on Slideshow you can have your own mini-parade.
Orpheus Parade - Flambeau Carriers
Orpheus Parade - Flambeau Carriers
Proteus Parade - The Moon
Proteus Parade - The Moon
Proteus Parade - Title Float The Mythology of  Astrology
Proteus Parade - Title Float "The Mythology of Astrology"
Proteus Parade - The Sun
Proteus Parade - The Sun
Proteus Parade - The Sun - artistic work
Proteus Parade - The Sun - artistic work
New Orleans Carnival Season
New Orleans Carnival Season
Thoth Parade
Thoth Parade
Rebirth Brass Band
Rebirth Brass Band
Rebirth horn
Rebirth horn
Krewe of Thoth
Krewe of Thoth
Marching bands
Marching bands
Coastal Restoration
Coastal Restoration