Floats rolled down the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, as revellers celebrated Mardi Gras, capping off the carnival with colourful costumes and dancing. Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras in French, sees people celebrate the last day of the carnival season, devoted to frivolity and partying in the final hours before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent.

The carnival is organised by social clubs known as "Krewes" who stage one of the city's most celebrated parades on Fat Tuesday, a heritage that has helped define Mardi Gras.

The Zulu parade kicked off festivities on Tuesday (9 February) with riders on floats tossing beads and decorated coconuts into the crowd.

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A reveller makes her way through the French Quarter during Mardi Gras Jonathan Bachman/ Getty Images

Traditionally, there are a number of Krewes who take part in the parade, including Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club and Krewe of Rex, who had the most recognisable spectacles, including the Jester, the "Boeuf Gras" (or fatted bull), and the King of Carnival's float.