Mardi Gras: Costumes, Food, & More

Mint Julep
Mint Julep
Mint Julep, a traditional drink during Mardi Gras. (Credit: Luke Sharrett/AFP/Getty Images)
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club make their way along the parade route on St. Charles Avenue during the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club make their way along the parade route on St. Charles Avenue during the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
Queen Zulu
Queen Zulu
Chanel Howard Barker, Queen Zulu 2011 arrives with the Krewe of Zulu as they march in the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
(Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of Krewe of Zulu (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
The Krewe of Zulu
The Krewe of Zulu
The Krewe of Zulu turns onto Canal Street from St. Charles Avenue during the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
People pack Canal Street
People pack Canal Street
People pack Canal Street to watch the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
Pete Fountain
Pete Fountain
Pete Fountain and his group Pete Fountain's Half Fast Walking Club make their way along St. Charles Avenue during the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
Mardi Gras Indian
Mardi Gras Indian
A Mardi Gras Indian joins others in a traditional second line parade along Tennessee Street in remembrance of Hurricane Katrina on the fifth anniversary of the historical hurricane, in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans , LA, Sunday, August 29, 2010. Five years ago today water from broken levees flooded approximately 80 percent of the city. Today residents sing and pray and dance where once they were surrounded by raging flood water. (Credit: Rod LamkeyY Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club
The Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club make their way along the parade route on St. Charles Avenue during the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, LA, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
The Krewe of Zulu
The Krewe of Zulu
The Krewe of Zulu turns onto Canal Street from St. Charles Avenue during the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ROD LAMKEY JR (Credit: Rod Lamkey Jr/AFP/Getty Images)
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 07: Actress Jennifer Coolidge rides on a float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras on March 7, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 07: Actress Jennifer Coolidge rides on a float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras on March 7, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Creole Shrimp
Creole Shrimp
Chef John "Chappy" Chapman and Singer/Songwriter Danielle Peck cook up a Shrimp Creole during the Chap Dat! Creole Cooking Show at Sports Zone on June 12, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Creole Shrimp is a traditional meal during Mardi Gras. (Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 07: Actors Jonathan Silverman and Jennifer Finnigan ride in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras on March 7, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Beignets
Beignets
New Orleans, UNITED STATES: Waitresses prepare beignets by covering them with powdered sugar in the kitchen of Cafe du Monde. Beignets are a traditional food during Mardi Gras. (Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
2012 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
2012 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 20: A Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Proteus Parade on February 20, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 07: The cast of HBO's 'Treme' float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras on March 7, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
(Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 8: Two women stand above the crowd in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras March 8, 2011 in News Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
(Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 8: Large crowds await the Rex Parade on Mardi Gras March 8, 2011 in News Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 8: A float rider in the Zulu parade laughs after throwing a bag of beads to the crowd on Mardi Gras March 8, 2011 in News Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 8: The Warren Easton High School marching band performs in the Rex parade on Mardi Gras March 8, 2011 in News Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 8: A large crowd reaches up for beads as a Zulu parade float rolls down Canal Street on Mardi Gras March 8, 2011 in News Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. (Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
Jambalaya
Jambalaya
GRAND ISLE, LA - JUNE 19: Jaime Hernandez and Henry Bonnecaze, Jr., begin preparing jambalaya for a free lunch for fishermen and their families in Grand Isle, La., June 19, 2010. This is a traditional dish of Mardi Gras. (Credit: Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
DC Celebrates Mardi Gras With Annual Pancake Races
DC Celebrates Mardi Gras With Annual Pancake Races
DC Celebrates Mardi Gras With Annual Pancake Races on February 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
DC Celebrates Mardi Gras With Annual Pancake Races
DC Celebrates Mardi Gras With Annual Pancake Races
DC Celebrates Mardi Gras With Annual Pancake Races on February 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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