NEW ORLEANS -- At the stroke of midnight, Mardi Gras officially comes to an end.
On Fat Tuesday, the ticking clock, rain and cold couldn't keep the crowd away from Bourbon Street, where the party kept on going.
The drumbeat had the power to draw die-hard revelers out into the rain and 40 degree weather.
“We drove 23 hours to get here,” said one fan. “We're in New Orleans representing Boston.”
By car, plane or train, thousands answered the Carnival season call by making their way into the heart of the French Quarter.
Party-goers donned creative costumes. Others bundled up in coats and ponchos to try and stay dry.
Then there’s the dance of navigating beads both on the ground and catching those thrown from balconies overhead.
Mardi Gras veteran Lashonda Peters made the annual trek from Franklinton with her friends.
“Even though it was bad weather, it’s still fun,” she said. “I only come once a year."
Danny Becker and Ricky Price came to town from Michigan, wandering onto Bourbon Street to ring in their very first Fat Tuesday.
“We've met some really great friends at a couple of places,” Danny Becker said. “Everyone is just really friendly and you talk to the people sitting next to you.”
Rain or shine, the damp, abnormally frigid temps were never enough to keep crowds away from coming out to play in true New Orleans style.