Entertainer Harry Connick, Jr., right, and actress Mariska Hargitay ride in the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade Monday in New Orleans. Connick is the founder of the parade. AP photo
Hands reach for beads Saturday from a float in the Mardi Gras Iris parade as it rolls through the streets of New Orleans. AP photo
Revelers yell for beads and trinkets Monday during the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. AP photo

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