Crowds congregate on Bourbon Street for festivities outside the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Photo by: Gerald Herbert

Crowds congregate on Bourbon Street for festivities outside the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)