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Dressed up, ready for fun: New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

Updated : March 05, 2019 03:20 PM IST

The streets of New Orleans will be filled Tuesday with excited kids catching beads from atop ladders, revellers in fancy costumes walking through the French Quarter and Mardi Gras Indians wearing finely beaded costumes.

Tuesday marks the final day of the Mardi Gras season, which began on January 6.

The festivities kick off early in the morning when the Northside Skull and Bone Gang walks through the Treme neighbourhood before the sun comes up, wearing costumes that look like skeletons and waking people up to celebrate the day.

The party officially ends at midnight, when police on horseback ride down Bourbon Street to ceremonially "clear" the street — a symbol meant to mark the end of the Carnival season. Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which for many Christians is a period of fasting and reflection ahead of Easter.

Bacchus LI, actor Jensen Ackles, throws to the crowd as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled
Bacchus LI, actor Jensen Ackles, throws to the crowd as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled "Starring Louisiana" on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Title Float rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled
The Title Float rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled "Starring Louisiana" on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Bacchagator rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled
The Bacchagator rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled "Starring Louisiana" on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters. (David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters. (David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters. (David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters. (David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Mid-City 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Mid-City's parade is the fifth oldest continuously parading organization of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season. The Krewe of Mid-City is the only parade that decorates its floats entirely with coloured aluminium foil, the same way it has been doing since 1933 when it was started by Mid-City businessman Charles A. Bourgeois. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Mid-City 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Mid-City's parade is the fifth oldest continuously parading organization of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season. The Krewe of Mid-City is the only parade that decorates its floats entirely with coloured aluminium foil, the same way it has been doing since 1933 when it was started by Mid-City businessman Charles A. Bourgeois. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Okeanos 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Okeanos is named for the Greek god of oceans and fertile valleys and is sponsored by the Sonaeko (Okeanos spelled backwards) Club. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Okeanos 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Okeanos is named for the Greek god of oceans and fertile valleys and is sponsored by the Sonaeko (Okeanos spelled backwards) Club. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Officer's Float rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled
The Officer's Float rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled "Starring Louisiana" on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)
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