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Actress Mariska Hargitay tosses throws while riding in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Gallery: New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

Feb. 21, 2012 @ 01:13 PM

NEW ORLEANS  — From the family-friendly avenues of the Garden District to raunchy displays in the French Quarter, New Orleans let loose with a Fat Tuesday party as parades rolled and revelers frolicked amid showers of beads, trinkets and music.