Several parades were held in New Orleans in the lead up to Fat Tuesday on Feb. 21, all a part of the Carnival celebrations kicking into gear throughout the city.
The Rex Mardi Gras parade rolls through the streets of downtown New Orleans February 21, 2012. Huge crowds gather along parade routes to soak up the last day of the carnival season before the beginning of Lent. UPI/A.J. Sisco