Mardi Gras 2017: Photos of New Orleans' biggest celebration (16 images)

Every year, the day before Ash Wednesday, revelers take to the streets of New Orleans to let loose before the solemnity of Lent kicks in. Here are some of our best photos from NOLA's most iconic and indulgent celebration.
Updated: March 1, 2017 at 8:29 AM
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A Zulu rider holds a prized Zulu coconut, right, during the Zulu parade on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017, in New Orleans. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
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A float riders in the Zulu parade toss beads to the crowd on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in New Orleans. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
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DeMarcus Cousins from the New Orleans Pelicans tosses beads to the crowd on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in New Orleans. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
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New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. tosses beads to the crowd on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in New Orleans. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
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Deborah Davis joins revelers on Canal St. on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in New Orleans. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
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Float riders in the Zulu parade toss beads to the crowd on St. Charles Avenue on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in New Orleans. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
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Rex, Dr. Stephen Hales, arrives on Canal Street during Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI
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