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Actress Jennifer Coolidge rides on a float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday 2013 and through the years

New Orleans kicks into high gear every year for its annual Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras festivities.

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People throw beads from floats during the Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 10, 2013)

Cardale Waterhouse gets a helping hand from an
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Cardale Waterhouse gets a helping hand from an older band member as he marches with the Medard Nelson Charter School band during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 10, 2013)

Carnival riders throw beads from a float during
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Carnival riders throw beads from a float during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 11, 2013)

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Mirella Reilly, of New Orleans, dances with her
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Mirella Reilly, of New Orleans, dances with her daughter Luciana Reilly, 6, as a marching band passes during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 10, 2013)

Carnival riders throw trinkets from floats during the
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Carnival riders throw trinkets from floats during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 10, 2013)

Despite threatening skies, the Mardi Gras party carried
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Despite threatening skies, the Mardi Gras party carried on as thousands of costumed revelers cheered glitzy floats in an all-out bash before the beginning of Lent. In the French Quarter, Fat Tuesday played out with all its usual flesh and raunchiness. (Feb. 12, 2013)

A Trojan horse float makes its way through
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A Trojan horse float makes its way through the crowd as revelers gather for the start of the Society of Saint Anne walking parade in the Bywater section of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. (Feb. 12, 2013)

Members of the Mardi Gras dance group The
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Members of the Mardi Gras dance group The Sirens perform during the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 11, 2013)

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Babbette Hines and Carol Jean Dixon, both of
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Babbette Hines and Carol Jean Dixon, both of New Orleans, pose with their costumes representing sad ladies of the night, inspired by Storyville photographer E.J. Bellocq, before the start of the Society of Saint Anne walking parade in the Bywater section of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. (Feb. 12, 2013)

Members of the Laissez Boys Pleasure Aid &
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Members of the Laissez Boys Pleasure Aid & Leisure Club parade in motorized easy chairs during the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Flambeaus parade down St. Charles Avenue during the
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Flambeaus parade down St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 11, 2013)

Max Hebert, of Harvey, La., calls out for
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Max Hebert, of Harvey, La., calls out for throws during the Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (Feb. 10, 2013)

A float carrying members of the Krewe of
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A float carrying members of the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade rolls down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Sunday. Mardi Gras season ends with an all-day celebration on Tuesday, March 8. (March 6, 2011)

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Actress Jennifer Coolidge rides on a float in
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Actress Jennifer Coolidge rides on a float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

Riders in the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras
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Riders in the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade throw trinkets to the crowd in New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

A float from the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi
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A float from the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade turns onto St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

Riders in the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras
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Riders in the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade throw trinkets to the crowd in New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

Jim Kelly of Tulsa, Okla., left, calling himself
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Jim Kelly of Tulsa, Okla., left, calling himself "Nurse Candy," dances with members of an all-male dance group, 610 Stompers, during the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

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Revelers wander along Bourbon Street in the French
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Revelers wander along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Mardi Gras ends with an all-day celebration on Tuesday, March 8. (March 7, 2011)

Revelers wander along on Bourbon Street in the
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Revelers wander along on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Mardi Gras season ends with an all-day celebration on Tuesday, March 8. (March 7, 2011)

A Mardi Gras reveler dressed as a Catholic
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A Mardi Gras reveler dressed as a Catholic bishop, left, debates with a Christian protester on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

Revelers yell for beads to be thrown from
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Revelers yell for beads to be thrown from a balcony on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. (March 7, 2011)

Actor Steve Zahn, one of the stars of
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Actor Steve Zahn, one of the stars of the HBO series 'Treme,' waits to board its float in the 2011 Krewe of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

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Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo seems to enjoy
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Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo seems to enjoy being on a float during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo rides on HBO's
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Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo rides on HBO's 'Treme' float in the 2011 Krewe of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

Actor Wendell Pierce rides on HBO's 'Treme' float
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Actor Wendell Pierce rides on HBO's 'Treme' float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

Actors Jonathan Silverman and Jennifer Finnigan ride in
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Actors Jonathan Silverman and Jennifer Finnigan ride in the 2011 Krewe of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

Actor Wendell Pierce rides on HBO's 'Treme' float
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Actor Wendell Pierce rides on HBO's 'Treme' float in the 2011 Krewe of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

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Executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer of
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Executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer of HBO's series 'Treme,' which was set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, ride in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

A member of the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi
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A member of the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade leans out of a float to display beads to revelers along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. (March 6, 2011)

Revelers watch as the Baccha-saurus, a float featured
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Revelers watch as the Baccha-saurus, a float featured in the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade, rolls down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. (March 6, 2011)

Revelers yell for beads as a float with
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Revelers yell for beads as a float with the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade rolls by on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. (March 6, 2011)

A member of the Krewe du Vieux parade
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A member of the Krewe du Vieux parade sports a sign linking today's economy to a Depression-era theme during Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. (Feb. 19, 2011)

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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade march
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade march through the streets of New Orleans helping to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season. (Feb.19, 2011)

A member of the Krewe du Vieux parade
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A member of the Krewe du Vieux parade marches through the streets of New Orleans. (Feb.19, 2011)

Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through the streets of New Orleans. (Feb.19, 2011)

Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through the streets of New Orleans helping to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season, in one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season. (Feb.19, 2011)

Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through the streets of New Orleans dressed as BP employees while celebrating the Mardi Gras Season, making fun of the BP oil spill. (Feb.19, 2011)

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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through the streets of New Orleans helping to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season Saturday, Feb.19, 2011. The parade is know for its satirical themes, costumed revelers, and traditional mule drawn floats that march through the streets of the French Quarter. It is also one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season. This marching group is making fun of the BP oil spill.

Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through the streets of New Orleans helping to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season. The parade is known for its satirical themes, costumed revelers and traditional floats and by marching through the streets of the French Quarter. It is also one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season. (Feb.19, 2011)

Executive producers Eric Overmyer and David Simon of
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Executive producers Eric Overmyer and David Simon of HBO's 'Treme,' a series set in New Orleans, La., wait to board their float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras. (March 7, 2011)

Members of the Krewe of Thoth Mardi Gras
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Members of the Krewe of Thoth Mardi Gras parade look for revelers as their float rolls down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Mardi Gras season ends with an all-day celebration on March 8. (March 6, 2011)

A member of the Krewe du Vieux parade
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A member of the Krewe du Vieux parade marches through the streets of New Orleans helping to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season Saturday, Feb.19, 2011. The parade is known for its satirical themes, costumed revelers, and traditional floats and marching through the streets of the French Quarter. It is also one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season.

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Dog owners and their dogs parade through the
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Dog owners and their dogs parade through the French Quarter during th2 Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. The parade of dogs and their owners, a twist on the Krewe of Bacchus, benefits animal welfare organizations.

A dog dressed in costume parades through the
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A dog dressed in costume parades through the French Quarter during the Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. The parade of dogs and their owners, a twist on the Krewe of Bacchus, benefits animal welfare organizations.

A member of the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi
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A member of the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade leans out of a float to display beads to revelers along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. (March 6, 2011)

Revelers yell for beads as a float with
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Revelers yell for beads as a float with the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade rolls by on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. (March 6, 2011)

Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade march
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade march through the streets of New Orleans helping to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season. (Feb.19, 2011)

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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through the streets of New Orleans dressed as BP employees while celebrating the Mardi Gras Season, making fun of the BP oil spill. (Feb.19, 2011)

Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through
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Members of the Krewe du Vieux parade through the streets of New Orleans helping to celebrate the Mardi Gras Season Saturday, Feb.19, 2011. The parade is know for its satirical themes, costumed revelers, and traditional mule drawn floats that march through the streets of the French Quarter. It is also one of the earliest parades of the Mardi Gras season. This marching group is making fun of the BP oil spill.

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