NEW ORLEANS - The screams, the smiles and the beads are all around Bourbon Street as people take in the last few hours before the NOPD does a clean sweep.

Some of those on Bourbon have never experienced anything like this before.

"It's amazing!" a visitor from New York shouted. "It's my first time. I lost my voice already!"

"I'm from France," one man said. "And I live in Switzerland. And I swear, Mardi Gras in the New Orleans is really dope!"

While many natives had to come back home.

"I was born in New Orleans, but I stay in Tallahassee, Florida. But I come down every year to ride. I ride in NOMTOC parade on the Westbank. But, I stay all the way until Saturday. And New Orleans, Mardi Gras is wonderful," one man said.

A few folks still had on their costumes.

"We're just here having fun. Every thing that glitters is gold. It's Mardi Gras. We're good to go," one person said.

Reveling in the fun, excitement and traditions of Fat Tuesday.