Carnival 2016: What a season! See photos, videos, more from spectacular Mardi Gras day _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Riders throw beads and trinkets Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, as Rex rolls along St. Charles Avenue to the theme, 'Royal Gardens -- Horti Regis.' Some 455 riding members on 26 floats tossed float-specific beads, pillows, cups and gold aluminum doubloons. Michael Kearney reigned as Rex and Adelaide Dabezies Goodyear as queen.

Hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to New Orleans created new memories with parents, siblings, children and friends at parades; “masked Indian” and paid tribute to a late, legendary big chief; or wore irreverent costumes that mocked local and national political figures — all to usher in Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.

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