Put on your mask and start begging for beads -- it's time for Mardi Gras. Take a look at how New Orleans and hundreds of people celebrate this festive occasion every year.
Partygoers and parade bystanders get excited as a float -- paying homage to the fairytale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland -- rolls down Canal Street for the Rex parade. <a title="New Orleans" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/girl-getaways/articles/new-orleans-weekend-guide" target="_blank">New Orleans</a> lights up with excitement every year for Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Mardi Gras started in <a title="Louisiana" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/north-louisiana-travel-guide" target="_blank">Louisiana</a> in the late 17th century when the area was under French colonial rule.