Mardi Gras in New Orleans is celebrated for about two weeks before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. It features daily parades and parties, though I don't think fire works are a part of the celebration. During the parades, people on the floats throw beads and trinkets to the crowd. We took these photos at the factory that makes decorations for the parade floats. I'm at the bottom right of the dragon float. TFL!