cgranger There is plenty of love in the French Quarter this weekend for Mardi Gras. A sky writer even spelled out in the sky on Saturday. Photo by Chris Granger #mardigras #igersneworleans #alwaysneworleans #neworleans #frenchquarter 10h

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cgranger If you are on Bourbon Street today look for out for this guy. Not sure the Vatican would approve, but Lent will be here the day after Mardi Gras so maybe then all will be forgiven? Photo by Chris Granger #alwaysneworleans #igersneworleans #mardigras 14h

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cgranger Ran into one of my favorite walking krewes, The Merry Antoinettes, today in the French Quarter. I'm a sucker for their beautiful costumes. Photo by Chris Granger #alwaysneworleans #neworleans #mardigras #portrait #themerryantoinettes 1d

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cgranger Meet the four ladies who did their civic duty today for all those going to the French Quarter for Mardi Gras. Fleurty Girl founder Lauren Thom, burlesque performer Trixie Minx, Chelsea Murphy of The Merry Antoinettes and Yvonne Bryant of the Oui Dats de la Novelle-Orleans used Vaseline to grease balcony poles on Royal Street. The nearly 50-year tradition is symbolically held so that revelers have no chance of climbing up poles and onto second-story balconies. Photos by Chris Granger #mardigras #neworleans #alwaysneworleans 1d

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cgranger Just because it's the Friday before Mardi Gras. Here's your morning wake up call! Marchers getting down on the street before Muses even started. Video by Chris Granger @cgranger #music #alwaysneworleans #mardigras #neworleans #funky #life 2d

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cgranger Could this be the moment #solange realized she lost her wedding ring during the Muses parade? Ok, she was just smiling at a cute kid standing next to me on the route. #neworleans #mardigras #alwaysneworleans #music 2d

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cgranger This is proper parade leadership! Edna Karr drum major getting down and guiding the way at Mardi Gras! Photo by Chris Granger #mardigras #igersneworleans #neworleans 2d

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cgranger In the land of Mardi Gras there's one form of business that will never disappear. Tux rentals. Forget the floats, bands, and throws for a moment and consider all the formal Carnival balls and dinners in the city of New Orleans. Thank you @perlisneworleans for helping me get fitted(and finding among your racks of black suits) my tux! Photo by Chris Granger #alwaysneworleans #neworleans #igersneworleans #fashion #mardigras 3d

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cgranger Chest out, standing tall, wearing a big smile along with his favorite blue tie, metal briefcase, and cap made in Russia, Randall Adolph, 63, said he tries to be an example of classiness for younger generations. He was just one of several wonderful people I photographed along Canal Street as part of my second installment of Louisiana Style. See NOLA.com for more. Photo by Chris Granger @cgranger #fashion #fashionable #style #funky #neworleans #igersneworleans #alwaysneworleans #portrait #smile 4d

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cgranger Guess who I ran into during a Mardi Gras parade over the weekend. I was sifting through my outtakes and saw this guy sneaked into my frame. He's back in town for another Carnival. I guess this makes me a friend of the devil. Photo by Chris Granger #igersneworleans #igersneworleans #neworleans #mardigras #chewbacchus #devil 5d

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cgranger Yeah ya rite dawlin...how about this setup for a Mardi Gras parade reviewing stand fit for Bywater royalty! Photo by Chris Granger #mardigras #neworleans #igersneworleans #alwaysneworleans 6d

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cgranger Dancing jellyfish at the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus in New Orleans. Video by Chris Granger @cgranger #mardigras #neworleans #chewbacchus #video #igersneworleans #alwaysneworleans 7d

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cgranger This week Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle-Orleans students stepped out of the classroom and into the Great Maya Reef exhibit at the Aquarium of the Americas. Students are incorporating Aquarium habitats, animals, and resources into their daily science lessons. Photo by Chris Granger #lyceefrancais #neworleans #nature #audubonaquarium #audubon #dive #igersneworleans 1w

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cgranger Guess who has its Mardi Gras costume on? The Mercedes-Benz Superdome officially lit up in purple, green, and gold. Photo by Chris Granger #neworleans #mardigras #whodat #superdome 1w

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cgranger Barry Manilow lights up the stage at his show in New Orleans on Friday, January 29, 2016. Photo by Chris Granger #music #neworleans 1w

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cgranger Meet St. Aug drum major Gerron Coleman. Here he is getting ready for his band's first parade of the season. This year he's wearing a pedometer so that NOLA.com can keep tabs on just how far this amazing band will walk in all of their parades. We're thinking over 25 miles. Photo by Chris Granger #mardigras #neworleans #music #staugustine #carnival #alwaysneworleans 1w

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cgranger Several old buildings on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans caught on fire today. Water drips from firehoses and the charred interior of a building where a sign was exposed that once sold candy. A relic of the way life used to be on what arguably was a nationally-known shopping district. I'm thinking Maison Blanche, D. H. Holmes, Godchaux's, Krauss, etc.... Photo by Chris Granger #neworleans #history #nola #alwaysneworleans #igersneworleans #nofd #fire #history 1w

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cgranger Ok, you are probably thinking, "hey, this is just some random industrial water tank," right? You couldn't be further from the truth. What you are looking at is just 1/3 of the most powerful rocket man has ever built. The Orion capsule and SLS rocket are being built in New Orleans. Its destination includes Mars. Yep, that's right. This rocket will create 9.2 million pounds of thrust. And, what's crazy, it will be as tall as a 38-story building. Photo by Chris Granger #nasa #neworleans #louisiana #space #amazing #engineering #alwaysneworleans 2w
  •   colleenconnor Hate I missed you yesterday! Will be there on the return! 2w

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cgranger I want to thank all the New Orleans buggy drivers who let me hang out with them this week for the new NOLA.com feature about Louisiana style! The drivers capture the real essence of New Orleans! I had as much fun just talking with them than photographing them. Photo by Chris Granger @cgranger #neworleans #louisiana #portrait #bw #culture #alwaysneworleans 2w

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cgranger Buggy driver Jim Farrell with his mule "Sideways." The hat is 20 years old and its from his rodeo days in Atlanta. He said a hat like his "only develops over time, you can't buy it that way. People have offered me $200 to buy it." Photo by Chris Granger #neworleans #portrait #bw #cowboy 2w

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