Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent — which explains why you’re seeing people walking around with ash on their foreheads. Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras) is now just a drunken memory. But no matter where you were for Fat Tuesday 2019, no city in America captures all the pomp and grandeur of Mardi Gras quite like New Orleans. Back when the ‘ol Mystick Krewe Of Comus first started holding torchlit parades through the city on Fat Tuesday, a precedent was set that has kept the Big Easy in the collective consciousness of the country as the premier destination for all things Mardi Gras.
The spectacle of Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a spectacle you absolutely have to see. But if you spent your Fat Tuesday chilling at home watching that new Game of Thrones trailer, you might as well live vicariously through others by scoping out these photos of the parade and celebration from Instagram. You shouldn’t have to miss out on the crazy sights at this year’s Mardi Gras, so pour a shot, grab some beads, and get to scrolling through these photos from Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2019.