NEW ORLEANS - No Mardi Gras experience is complete on Bourbon Street without a trip to see its namesake awards show.
The Bourbon Street Awards are part costume contest, part dance party and all fun.
When the clock struck 12 on Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras party on Bourbon Street officially got underway.
Blanche Debris and Bianca Del Rio, the hosts of the awards, guided both newbies and veterans along for the ride.
Amid the leather and glam and glitter (lots and lots of glitter) costumed contestants vied for the coveted best in show. This year, it went to Willy Wonka.
Tuesday marked the 48th year of the Bourbon Street Awards.