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    The Leviathan dragon float with breathing smoke and fiber optic lighting in the 2013 Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2013.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    Fans and revelers catch beads tossed by the riders in the 2013 Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2013.
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    The Smokey Mary train float in the 2013 Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2013.
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    The 460 riders of the satirical Krewe D'Etat turn onto St. Charles Avenue as they roll down the traditional Uptown route with their 22-float presentation entitled "The Dictator's Reading Room," Feb. 8, 2013 in New Orleans.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    The Krewe of Centurions makes its way through the streets, Feb. 8, 2013 in Metairie, La. The theme "Happy Holidays" was depicted on 20 floats. Throws included doubloons, cups and swords.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    Members of the Mardi Gras dance group "The Sirens" perform during the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2013.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    Flambeaus parade down St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2013.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    Carnival riders throw beads from a float during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Feb. 10, 2013.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    A flambeaux carrier is illuminated on St. Charles Avenue as the 460 riders of the satirical Krewe D'Etat roll down the traditional Uptown route with their 22-float presentation entitled "The Dictator's Reading Room," Feb. 8, 2013 in New Orleans.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    Actress Mariska Hargitay and musician Harry Connick Jr ride in the 2013 Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2013.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    Actress Mariska Hargitay and musician Harry Connick Jr ride in the 2013 Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 11, 2013.
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  • Mardi Gras 2013 in New Orleans

    Reigning celebrity grand marshal Kelly Clarkson with her fiance Brandon Blackstock rides in the 2013 Krewe Of Endymion Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 9, 2013, in New Orleans.
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    Float riders toss beads, cups and doubloons to fans and revelers in the 2013 Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 10, 2013.
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    Actor G.W. Bailey reigning as King of Bacchus in the 2013 Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Feb. 10, 2013.
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