Flambeaux carries line up to march in the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. The heavy torches were originally used to light the floats but now many krewes still keep the carries to keep the old-time tradition alive. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Gallery: Mardi Gras celebration
Feb. 12, 2013 @ 03:27 PM
New Orleans and other cities reveled on the last day before Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season with the traditional Mardi Gras parades and festivities.