Revelers gather for the start of the Society of Saint Anne walking parade in the Bywater section of New Orleans during Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Overcast skies and the threat of rain couldn't dampen the revelry of Mardi Gras as parades took to the streets, showering costumed merrymakers with trinkets of all kinds. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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.