My sister Michele sent these pics from the Krewe of Orpheus parade, Harry Connick Jr.'s Mardi Gras club that rolled Monday night through the Central Business District.
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New Orleans public high school bands, such as this one, returned to Mardi Gras parades this year after suffering devastating losses from Hurricane Katrina. This New York Times article chronicled the resurrection of the St. Augustine Marching 100, the most important marching band in the city.
Michele (below with the glasses) and her friend Mary, a West Banker, posed with one of New Orleans' finest along the parade route.
Thanks go out to Mary's husband, Dean, who took these pics.