New Orleans is a different place during the Carnival season. From the feast of Epiphany in early January through Fat Tuesday, brass bands and costumed revelers fill its colorful streets, and the city transforms into a living, breathing celebration. A million tourists flood the city below sea level, simultaneously disrupting daily life and fueling the party.
The celebration amplifies in the days leading up to Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday." Daily life begins to feel like a wild alternate reality. This wasn't my first time spending Carnival in New Orleans, but I've found that it feels different every year. It's an intoxicating atmosphere, and I spent this year's festivities marching in the streets alongside parading marching bands and scantily clad strangers. Here are some moments from my journey.
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