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NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: People dance in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Zulu Krewe members ride parade floats in the streets during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Zulu Krewe members throw people bead necklaces to people during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Zulu Krewe members toss out toys from a float during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: A Zulu Krewe float moves through the streets during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: People watch as a Zulu Krewe parade float moves through the streets during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: People dressed up as animals celebrate inside Circle Bar during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: Zulu Krewe members perform in the streets during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
Gina Giacona of New Orleans throws beads from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel during Mardi Gras day festivities on Bourbon St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers grab beads thrown from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel during Mardi Gras day festivities on Bourbon St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers pack Bourbon Street beneath the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers throw beads from a balcony during Mardi Gras day festivities on Bourbon St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers dance in the street during Mardi Gras day festivities on Royal St. in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: A band performs in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood during Mardi Gras February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a celebration traditionally held before the observance of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People smooch on a balcony at the start of the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Rex, King of Carnival, Christian T. Brown, toasts the crowd during the Krewe of Rex parade on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Revelers in glitzy costumes filled the streets of New Orleans for the annual fat Tuesday bash, opening a day of partying and parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The Krewe of Rex parade rolls through downtown New Orleans on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Revelers in glitzy costumes filled the streets of New Orleans for the annual fat Tuesday bash, opening a day of partying and parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
People reach for beads and trinkets during the Krewe of Rex parade on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Revelers in glitzy costumes filled the streets of New Orleans for the annual fat Tuesday bash, opening a day of partying and parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers dressed as the 'Sisters Of No Mercy' walk throughout the French Quarter on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A reveler dressed as David Bowie participates in the Society of Saint Anne parade on Mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers masquerade as 'The Original Isis,"'in reference to the current militant group, during the Society of Saint Anne parade in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Revelers participate in the Society of Saint Anne parade on mardi Gras day in the Marigny section of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15: Atmosphere during the Kreweof Bacchus 2015 procession titled 'Children's Stories That Live Forever' on February 15, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The Orpheus Leviathan dragon float, with smoke and fiber optic lights, rolls down Napolean Avenue in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy Black ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Comedian Ron White tosses beads to fans and revelers as he rides as a monarch on the Captian?s Float in the Krewe of Orpheus parade during Mardi Gras on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Country singer Dierks Bentley and wife Cassidy Black ride as monarchs in the Krewe of Orpheus parade during Mardi Gras on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump before riding as monarch in the Krewe of Orpheus parade during Mardi Gras on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Actor Rob Kerkovich, TV producer Gary Glasberg, actors CCH Pounder and Lucas Black ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Lucas Black participates in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy Black ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade rolls down Napolean Avenue on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade rolls down Napolean Avenue on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The Dance of the Butterflies float rolls down Napolean Avenue in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Actors Zoe McLellan (C) and Rob Kerkovich (R) ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The Splendor of a Sunshine float rolls down Napolean Avenue in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The Orpheus Leviathan dragon float, with smoke and fiber optic lights, rolls down Napolean Avenue in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The Rising of the Mists float rolls down Napolean Avenue in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Actors Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich, TV producer Gary Glasberg and actress CCH Pounder ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy Black ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade rolls down Napolean Avenue on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch/Comedian Ron White rides in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy Black ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Actress CCH Pounder rides in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
The Krewe of Proteus Mardi Gras parade roles down Napoleon Aveune in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. The day is known as Lundi Gras, the day before Mardi Gras. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
New Orleans partied on Sunday, with the famous Bacchus parade rolling through town. The city announced that Monday's parades will roll early, to avoid expected rain. (Feb. 16)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: A view of floats during Mardi Gras 2015 on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the 2015 parade is 'Nature of The Beasts'. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: A view of floats during Mardi Gras 2015 on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the 2015 parade is 'Nature of The Beasts'. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: A view of Proteus during Mardi Gras 2015 on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the 2015 parade is 'Nature of The Beasts'. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15: Atmosphere during the Kreweof Bacchus 2015 procession titled 'Children's Stories That Live Forever' on February 15, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15: Atmosphere during the Kreweof Bacchus 2015 procession titled 'Children's Stories That Live Forever' on February 15, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: CBS drama NCIS: New Orleans cast member CCH Pounder riding as an Orpheus monarch in the Krewe of Orpheus parade during Mardi Gras on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: The Orpheus Leviathan dragon float, with smoke and fiber optic lights, rolls down Napolean Avenue in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy Black ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch Lisa Vanderpump particpates in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: A view of parade participants during Mardi Gras 2015 on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme of the 2015 parade is 'Nature of The Beasts'. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: Celebrity Monarch Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy Black ride in the 2015 Krewe of Orpheus Parade on February 16, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- If there was a theme for this year's Mardi Gras costumes in New Orleans, it was 'Brrrrr.'

With temperatures near freezing, almost everyone was bundled up. Some costumes were no more than a fake-fur hat topped with animal ears.

The crowd was thick along St. Charles Avenue, where the route of Zulu, the day's first big parade, merged with that of Rex, one of the most elaborate. Rex was followed by two long "truck parades" - floats built up from flatbed trailers and decorated by costumed riders.

A 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman fell from different floats in a truck parade Tuesday in suburban Metairie, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said. The man was in stable condition and the woman was expected to be treated and released, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the sheriff.

Matching gray quilted jackets hid the gowns worn by young women on the "maids" float in the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club's popular parade.

As Zulu passed, Ashley English said she was too cold to show off her costume.

"I have a corset on. You just can't see it," she said, pulling at the neck of her leather jacket. The corset was purple, she said, to go with her green and gold leggings.

Purple, green and gold were introduced as the colors of Mardi Gras in 1872, when a group of businessmen first crowned one of their own "Rex, king of Carnival."

English's friend, Jon Farkas, wore a hat fashioned like a white, big-billed bird, its long, yellow legs dangling in front of his shoulders. "It's supposed to be a pelican," he said.

Because of the cold weather, tutus were worn over jeans and many costumes, such as clowns or animals, were baggy enough to cover sweat shirts.

Erin Buran of New Orleans wore a white jacket and feathery angel wings.

"My angel wings have tequila in them," she said, showing the mouthpiece of a hydration backpack covered by the wings. She said she lost her halo Sunday.

Just down a side street, a man was collecting admission outside a plywood cubicle labeled "BATHROOM." He and others at an RV repair shop had made a portable toilet of plywood, plastic buckets, and frequently changed plastic bags, which went into a nearby trash bin. It was $2 for men, $3 for women - or $10 and $12 for an all-day pass.

Why more for women? Toilet paper costs more money.

On Lee Circle, Wayne Encalarde sat in a pickup truck with a commercial portable toilet tied down in the bed. A big orange parking ticket was stuck behind one windshield wiper.

He said he parks there and is ticketed every Mardi Gras.

"It's worth it to have a bathroom for the kids," he said.

Partway down Zulu's route along Jackson Avenue, contractor Mike Cochran and several younger men were giving away gumbo from the parking lot of a building under renovation.

"Our main purpose - other than feeding the multitudes - is making sure nobody climbs the scaffold," he said.

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