Photos: Mardi Gras in New Orleans

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- William H. Hines as Rex parades with his krewe to the theme of , All Creatures Great and Small, on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Hines lifts his hands to the Heavens as he comes down St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street towards the end of the parade which was spared heavy rains.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Krewe of Orpheus Parade marks the culmination of Lundi Gras on Monday, February 11, 2012 as it parades along the traditional Uptown route marking the 20th anniversary of the organization which was founded by musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr. Connick tosses beads to the crowd as he joins over 1,250 riders participating in the parade

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- William H. Hines as Rex parades with his krewe to the theme of , All Creatures Great and Small, on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The Jefferson City Buzzards Marching Club comes down St. Charles Avenue.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- Revelers beg for a prized coconut from a passing Zulu float.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- Revelers parade across Jackson Square.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- A Rex float turns onto Canal Street from St. Charles as the parade nears its end.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- The Rex parade comes down St. Charles Avenue towards Canal Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- The crowds along Canal Street beg for throws from a passing Rex float.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- A Rex float turns onto Canal Street from St. Charles as the parade nears its end.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- The Beauf Gras float from the Rex parade smokes its way down St. Charles Avenue.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- The crowds along Canal Street begs for throws from a passing Rex float.

  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- The Boeuf Gras float from the Rex parade smokes its way down St. Charles Avenue.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- William H. Hines as Rex parades with his krewe and waves to the crowd along St. Charles Avenue near Canal Street.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- Paul "Jawbone" Douroux of the marching group Skeletons has a snack in the French Quarter before parading.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- The Krewe of Bikus rolls across Jackson Square.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ --- Revelers costume throughout the French Quarter and Canal Street on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Lisa Blanchard as voodoo queen Marie Laveau and Ronnie Blanchard as her voodoo doll NFL commissioner Roger Godell walk across Jackson Square.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Rex, King of Carnival, William H. Hines greets his subjects on St. Charles Avenue.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off Mardi Gras on Jackson Avenue parading Tuesday under the theme 'One World, One Love.' Parade-goers score the most sought-after throw of carnival, the Zulu coconut.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off carnival on Jackson Avenue parading under the theme One World, One Love Tuesday February 12, 2013. Parade goers score the most sought after throw of carnival, the Zulu coconut.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off carnival on Jackson Avenue parading under the theme One World, One Love Tuesday February 12, 2013. The Sophie B. Wright marching band marches in the Zulu parade.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off carnival on Jackson Avenue parading under the theme One World, One Love Tuesday February 12, 2013. The Zulu Ambassador float travels down Jackson Avenue.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off carnival on Jackson Avenue parading under the theme One World, One Love Tuesday February 12, 2013. A member of the Zulu Tramps walk down the route.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Big Shot float travels past Liberty Street and Jackson Avenue as the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicks off Mardi Gras, parading under the theme One World, One Love.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club kicked off carnival on Jackson Avenue parading under the theme One World, One Love Tuesday February 12, 2013. Here the Big Shot float travels past Liberty Street and Jackson Avenue. Here Zulu King Cedric Givens greets his subjects.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Legendary Wild Magnolias Big Chief Bo Dollis, confined to a wheelchair, takes part in a long-standing tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians, who have taken to the streets of the Crescent City for at least 150 years, engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes, or ‘gangs.’

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- For at least a century and a half, the Mardi Gras Indians have taken to the street of the Crescent City engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes or "gangs." The colorful cultural practice was on vivid display Uptown Tuesday. Kerry Lawless, Spy Boy with the Wild Magnolias leads the groups procession up Simon Bolivar Boulevard.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- For at least a century and a half, the Mardi Gras Indians have taken to the street of the Crescent City engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes or "gangs." The colorful cultural practice was on vivid display Uptown Tuesday. Big Chief Irvin Scott of the Buffalo Hunters opens up the crowd on Dryades Street as his group traveled through Uptown.

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  • Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- For at least a century and a half the Mardi Gras Indians have taken to the street of the Crescent City, engaging in contests of dancing, sewing and singing between rival tribes or "gangs." The colorful cultural practice was on vivid display Uptown Tuesday. Here Jerry Williams, spy boy with the Buffalo Hunters, races down Third Street in search of other Indians.

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