In New Orleans on Tuesday, Mardi Gras revelry was in full-force despite the wintry chill and rainy weather hitting the region.

Mardi Gras In New Orleans

The parade, which marks the end of the 2014 Carnival season, passed through the French Quarter as spectators lined up along St. Charles Avenue and Bourbon Street. Those who were looking to get out of the rain, filled up the local bars.

Though some revelers opted to trade their colorful Mardi Gras getups for some warmer clothing, University of New Orleans professor Ronnie Davis still wanted to take advantage of the festivities to let loose. “All year I have to dress professionally,” Davis, who was wearing a tutu, told the Christian Science Monitor. “This is the one time I get to act like a fool.

Leila Haydel, another local reveler, agreed that weather shouldn’t curtail the full enjoyment of the day. "I have about seven layers of clothes under my tutu," she said. "It's once a year. You have to come and enjoy. You have to."

Krewe of Zulu's floats were a highlight of the parade, as were First Street marching groups Fountains Trek and clarinetist Pete Fountain’s Half-Fast Walking Club.

– Chelsea Regan

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