Pete Fountain and Phyllis Landrieu toast the start of Mardi Gras as his Half Fast Marching Club begins its parade through the streets of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. This is the last day of the Mardi Gras celebration ending at midnight, after a day long celebration of parades, marching groups and people in costumes. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Photo by: Bill Haber

Pete Fountain and Phyllis Landrieu toast the start of Mardi Gras as his Half Fast Marching Club begins its parade through the streets of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. This is the last day of the Mardi Gras celebration ending at midnight, after a day long celebration of parades, marching groups and people in costumes. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)