NEW ORLEANS -- Apart from the parade scene, there's always a party in the French Quarter, especially during the final days leading up to Mardi Gras.
Bourbon Street is packed with Lundi Gras revelers trying to get a head start on the madness that peaks on Fat Tuesday.
Throughout the French Quarter, the streets were bustling, not so much with vehicles as with pedestrians.
Many locals had the day off and came to the city center to enjoy the sights. They mingled with visitors from all over.
At the French Market, they bought masks and crazy hats, or showed off Mardi Gras attire that would make no sense anywhere else in the world, but filled the market with a riot of color, and the joyous frivolity that makes New Orleans a place like no other.
Of course, this crowd is only a small sample of what the French Quarter, especially Bourbon, will look like on Fat Tuesday, when there will hardly be a place to stand.