Mardi Gras, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday, is a Carnival celebration of food; a revelry before the first day of Lent; a final hurrah before forty days of fasting and abstinence—and boy, is it a wild festival in New Orleans. All in all, the festivities last two weeks, but culminate in bacchanalian parties and colorful parades during the five days surrounding Mardi Gras.

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Mardi Gras Tree, considered exterior decor. Love to drive down Johnson street & see the beads in the trees!

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When the Saints Go Marching In: New Orleans Second Line Fine Art | Pompo Bresciani Photography. This photographer has wonderful pics of New Orleans. Check him out for travel inspiration. Gorgeous work!!!

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Mardi Gras Parades | ... are hallmarks of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. Photo by Pat Garin

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Lacey Mardi Gras Mask | Learn How To Make A Festive Mask With These 7 Easy DIY Mardi Gras Masks Tutorials by DIY Ready at http://diyready.com/7-diy-mardi-gras-masks-diy-tutorials/

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