Preparations for Mardi Gras begin

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As New Orleans' Mardi Gras is underway, revelers put the finishing touches on brilliant costumes, accessories and large extravagant parade floats.

The long-held tradition is viewed as a raucous party in many parts of the country but for natives, it's a special time for self-expression and creativity.

Take a look at the photos above to see the meticulous prep that goes into the festival.


Related: See how to make the must-have Mardi Gras cocktail:
The Hurricane Is a Must-Make Cocktail for Your Mardi Gras Party
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