Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans
A man walks through the French Quarter during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, Louisiana U.S., February 28, 2017. Reuters

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday was celebrated by thousands of residents and tourists on the streets of New Orleans filled with colourful floats and extravagant costumes. The event sees people celebrate the last day of the carnival season, devoted to frivolity and partying in the final hours before Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent.

Mardi Gras, organized by social clubs, known as 'Krewes', witnesses one of the cities most celebrated parades. "We're so unique here. We're like no other place in the world. The best place in the world, in our opinion," Zulu Queen Donna Marie Glapion told Reuters, when asked about the celebration.

The Krewe of Zulu parade kicked off the festivities on Tuesday morning with people on floats tossing beads and other decorative objects into the crowd of revellers. In this gallery, IBTimes Singapore presents some of the best photos from the carnival.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Members of the New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies march during the Krewe of Zulu parade at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana. Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
People celebrate Mardi Gras at the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana U.S., February 28, 2017. Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
People celebrate Mardi Gras at the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana U.S., February 28, 2017. Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club march during the Krewe of Zulu parade Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
People march during the Krewe of Zulu parade Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club march during the Krewe of Zulu parade Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Members of the 'Lionettes' school dance group perform during the Krewe of Zulu parade Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
People watch the Krewe of Zulu parade Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
People celebrate Mardi Gras at the French Quarter Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
A float makes its way through the Bacchus parade Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
People watch as floats in the Bacchus parade pass by Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
A girl watches as floats pass during the Bacchus parade Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
A man waits for the Bacchus parade to begin Reuters
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
People celebrate Mardi Gras at the French Quarter Reuters