2014 Mardi Gras New Orleans In Pictures: Revelry And Celebrations In The French Quarter [PHOTOS]

 @lukeydukeyl.villapaz@ibtimes.com on March 05 2014 10:41 AM

Despite unusually cold and rainy weather, Mardi Gras festivities continued on Tuesday throughout New Orleans, especially the city's oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter.

The Mardi Gras celebrations and formal parades have been an annual tradition in the city since 1857. The parades, which are organized by various krewes, or organizers behind the various parades during Carnival season, were filled with colorful floats, costumed revelers and of course throws such as the iconic Mardi Gras plastic beads and Mardi Gras-themed doubloons.

This year was somewhat different because of the cold and rain, which kept larger crowds from making their way out for Mardi Gras. But those who braved the cold and wet weather were greeted with the cheerful krewe floats and more intimate crowds, according to a NOLA report.

Even with the poor weather, it was clear that Mardi Gras spirits weren’t going to be dampened.

Revelers continued to party and celebrate throughout the day, until the stroke of midnight, which signaled the end of Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday,” and the beginning of Ash Wednesday along with the start of the Lenten season.

Take a look back at 2014 Mardi Gras celebrations throughout New Orleans in these photos.

Mardi Gras 2014 Mondo Kayo

Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club parade down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Mardi Gras 2014 Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain, a local musician, parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

mardi gras 2014 umbrellas

Revelers parade down Bourbon Street in the rain on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Mardi Gras 2014 Krewe Zulu

A member of the Krewe of Zulu parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Mardi Gras 2014 Zulu 2

Members of the Krewe of Zulu parade down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Mardi Gras 2014 Zulu king

The King of the Krewe of Zulu takes part in the Mardi Gras Day parade in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

2014 Mardi Gras Krewe Rex

A member of the Krewe of Rex parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Mardi Gras 2014 free agents band

A member of the Free Agents Brass Band parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

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A float from the Krewe of Rex parade is seen on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Mardi Gras 2014 revellers

Revelers throw beads from a French Quarter balcony on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Rex Krewe 2014 Mardi Gras King

This year's Rex, King of Carnival, Jack Laborde, parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

Mardi Gras 2014 Reveler

A reveler parades through the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Jonathan Bachman

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