Musician Pete Fountain tosses beads to a reveler from a float as his Half-Fast Walking Club marches down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Photo by: Patrick Semansky

Musician Pete Fountain tosses beads to a reveler from a float as his Half-Fast Walking Club marches down St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)