Mardi Gras celebrations start in earnest this weekend in Louisiana, but don't fret if you're nowhere near the Southeast. New Orleans is full of web cameras broadcasting the festivities as they happen.
Here are 10 of the best live streams with basic details on what they show. Just choose where you want to watch:
Bourbon Street -- has audio and a built-in screencap function that lets you capture funny things that happen on video
Bourbon Street No. 2 -- actually a camera that updates with new images every three minutes
French Quarter -- sits on the 32nd story and shows the city from above
Outside Cat's Meow bar -- shows partiers as they beg for beads
Inside Cat's Meow bar -- listen and watch drunken revelers sing karaoke poorly
In front of Tropical Isle -- warns that some images may not be suitable for viewers under 18
Jackson Square -- depicts the historic park in the French Quarter
Lee Circle -- shows a meeting place for Mardi Gras parades
Exchange Alley -- gives a great view of a pedestrian walkway
various locations -- broadcasts several parades on a tight schedule
Not sure when to tune in? On Saturday, catch the krewes of NOMTOC, Iris, Tucks, Endymion and Isis as they parade in front of thousands of attendees from all over the world. Sunday will feature the krewes of Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth and Bacchus, and Monday's festivities are the shortest, with only two parades by the krewes of Proteus and Orpheus. But get ready for Mardi Gras itself -- Tuesday -- when you can see parades by krewes of Zulu, Rex, Elks Orleans, Crescent City, Grela, Argus, Elks Jefferson, Jefferson and Lyra. Here's a full schedule.
If you're looking for past videos of classic Mardi Gras moments, check here. You can download clips of Harry Connick, Jr., Anne Rice, the Bacchus parade and ball and more.