Masked revelers enjoy a Mardi Gras Parade

The Royal Court of Barkus parade troupe.

A member of a float throws beads to parade goers at Mardi Gras, 2012

A little parade goer toots a horn at Mardi Gras, 2012

A well choreographed local marching at the 2012 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Women in elaborate, colorful costumes are the focus of many floats during Mardi Gras.

The "Krewe of Barkus" is the only Mardi Gras parade centered around dogs and donates all of its proceeds to local shelters.

An injured dog is transformed into a mock Mardi Gras float.

A drummer steps out of formation to ham it up with the crowd.

A roller derby group dancing down as part of a parade.

This girl shouts and waves in an attempt to get a good Mardi Gras "Throw". The beads are the most famous of these, but the locals seek better throws like plush animals and doubloons.

Throughout the French Quarter you can find little shops selling high quality, hand made Mardi Gras masks - real works of art.