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Vibrant Floats, Dancers, Bands: New Orleans Celebrates Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras "krewes" and colorful floats flood New Orleans on Fat Tuesday

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A member of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club, on Mardi Gras. — REUTERS
Feb 10, 2016 at 5:52 AM ET

The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club in New Orleans celebrated a century of community leadership when it kicked off Mardi Gras 2016 with a spectacular parade. Vibrant floats, marching bands and dancers decked out in full regalia flooded the city’s iconic French Quarter on Fat Tuesday, the final day of the Carnival season.

Vocativ used our geolocation technology to find some of the best images emerging from Tuesday’s festivities, which followed weeks of parading, costume balls and parties that included some of the most unique and long-standing African American traditions. Dozens of Mardi Gras Indian “krewes“—groups that parade to pay homage to native American tribes who helped their ancestors escape from slavery—were among those who participated in the colorful celebrations.

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Events this year attracted tons of tourists and celebrities, including Solange Knowles and actor Anthony Mackie. Every year, about one million visitors flock to the city for Mardi Gras, yielding direct economic benefits totaling around $144 million, according The TimesPicayune, a daily newspaper published in New Orleans.

Here’s a look at Mardi Gras 2016 and the parades that rolled through New Orleans on Fat Tuesday.

Some of the amazing floats at the parade. #parade #paradefloats #nikon #NOLA #neworleans #mardigras #frenchquarter

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New Orleans was the place to be today. If you missed Fat Tuesday oh well 😈💛💜💚 A video posted by JADA MASON ❣ (@jadablackbeauty) on

I caught a coconut. Happy Fat Tuesday everybody!! #zulu #indians #mardigras

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#zulu #mardigras #parade #beauty #fun #dance A photo posted by @captainkatemccue on

Mardi Gras Indians #MardiGras #Zulu A video posted by 🎉Imani Cherece Dames🎆 (@youvefoundimani) on

Mardi Gras Indian Tribe #mardigras2016 #neworleans #圧巻😱

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