Carnival in New Orleans warms up under sunny skies

A young reveler dons a set of beads that she caught during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Sunday, March 6, 2011. Mardi Gras season ends with an all-day celebration on Tuesday, March 8th. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

March 6, 2011 6:30:17 PM PST
With ideal weather as a backdrop, crowds poured onto the streets Sunday in the traditional warm-up for Carnival's big show on Fat Tuesday when New Orleans expresses itself in song, dance and masked spectacle.