It's here and gone, Mardi Gras 2013! The weather held up for much of Fat Tuesday and the dreaded washout was avoided. Here are some photos of the Muses Parade on the Thursday before Mardi Gras and also Fat Tuesday in the Marigny, featuring the St Anne's walking parade.
And in case you missed it, here's the "Mardi Gras 2013" edition of New Orleans All the Way Live, featuring Blaine Kern, Phunny Phorty Phellows, and King Cake tasting.
Finally, some Carnival-related blogs from our show hosts:
--Sam Cammarata with advice on How to survive Mardi Gras.
--Jelly Roll Justice on the Saint Anne's parade.
--Bill de Turk's King Cake cocktail.
More Mardi Gras 2013 photos:
Many New Orleanians get in shape for Carnival by attending weekly Mardi Gras Indian practices held at several clubs around town.
One of the most popular is the Unified Mardi Gras Indian Practice at Handa Wanda's, 2425 Dryades Street, every Sunday evening.
» Listen to Ronald Lewis of the House of Dance and Feathers, a museum devoted to Mardi Gras Indian culture in the Lower Ninth Ward.
» Listen to Big Chief Howard of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians as he talks about this quintessential New Orleans tradition.
» Listen to Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. of The Wild Magnolais Mardi Gras Indians talking about his tribe, the Dollis family, and the Wild Magnolia funk band.
King Cakes are an old tradition brought over from France and eaten from Epiphany through Mardi Gras, although these days King Cake is brought out for all sorts of celebrations, including black-and-gold themed King Cakes! Gambino's Bakery, Haydel's Bakery and Randazzo's Camellia City Bakery are three of the most popular bakeries in the city, but almost every grocery or bakery has their own twist on the treat. Learn more about the history of king cakes.
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The Honky Tonk Jazz Club in Dendermonde, Belgium is bringing Mardi Gras for the first time to their city. The virtual krewe, Verti Gras, is asking New Orleanians to make miniature floats across the world and show them off via photos and video. A couple of Lousiana natives started the Mystic Krewe of Nimbus in Portland, Oregon and are having their second Carnival Ball this year.