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PHOTOS: Mardi Gras krewes paint New Orleans with a kaleidoscope of colors

All photos courtesy of Mark Chesnut

Welcome to the grandest spectacle in the Big Easy, darling! Mardi Gras in New Orleans is not just a celebration – it’s a kaleidoscope of colors, glitz, and unapologetic fabulousness. It’s a fierce expression of love, diversity, and, of course, a great opportunity to dress up and go to werk.

Picture this: extravagant parades where everyone is free to be their authentic selves, strutting down the streets with pride and a whole lot of sass. Krewes like the legendary Krewe of Armeinius and the fierce Krewe of Bacchus take center stage, making sure our dazzling community is not just represented but celebrated in all its glory.

Leading up to Fat Tuesday, the streets of New Orleans buzz with excitement as people count down the days to the main event. The parades are the real stars, with flashy floats, crazy costumes, and awesome music. Crowds of people wearing sparkly masks and beads fill the streets, dancing to the upbeat tunes of jazz and brass bands.

It’s not called Fat Tuesday for nothing. From beignets to King Cake, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a feast for the taste buds. As the day goes on, the energy just keeps building, reaching its peak after sunset. Partygoers paint the town in a riot of colors and leave everyone with stories to tell.

For those who couldn’t make it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans this year, you can live vicariously through these photos from the celebration…

Up float and personal

New Orleans by night

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