After the Revelry

It goes without saying that Mardi Gras in New Orleans is an incredible event. The parades are amazing (see photos) and the energy of the enormous street party on Fat Tuesday is so hard to describe.

The trash generated from this huge event, including discarded or uncaught beads and toys, is hard to describe as well. I found it fascinating to see how much littered the streets (trash cans were there, they were just full). The good news is, New Orleans seems to have cleanup after the revelry down to a science.

Enjoy the photos of Mardi Gras leftovers.

Beads lined electric lines

Some beads that never made it to hands ended up wrapped around electric lines. It made me wonder if birds would be wearing them while they watch next year’s parades from their electric perch.

More beads high in the sky.

Other beads that missed hands ended sadly broken on the side of the street.

The Catch and Release Float for unwanted beads. This one warmed my green heart!

This poor fishy fella went for a swim but missed a new home.

This is how the street looked post-parade, before clean-up.

The long trash view.

New Orleans deployed these giant machines to scoop up the trash late at night.

Say goodbye to all the trash! Like I said, they have it down to a science.

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  1. I remember walking to Cafe du Monde at dawn during Carnival and watching the front end loaders and trucks hauling off load after load of filthy beads. New Orleans does know how to clean up a mess quickly.

  2. I never really thought about the trash aspect Stacy.


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