For Mardi Gras float makers, next year is here

Floats fill St. Charles Avenue during the Zulu Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008. Carnival revelers were greeted with warm weather for Fat Tuesday.(AP Photo/Pat Semansky)

February 20, 2012 6:21:51 AM PST
As Carnival builds toward its out-of-control crescendo of Fat Tuesday, Barry Kern and his team of float-builders and artists are already preparing for next year's parades.