Mardi Gras come early? No, it only looked like a parade

Here’s something you won’t have to worry about in Baltimore. New Orleans drivers sat in gridlock Friday morning because the city’s Mardi Gras floats had to be towed back across the Mississippi River after a local parade on the west bank.

The floats, which are shared with the local communities and used for a number of different events, are stored at a giant warehouse called Mardi Gras World, which is adjacent to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center that houses the massive Super Bowl Media Center.

Don’t know why anyone would think it was a good idea to clog up a busy commuter bridge at early rush hour, but it gave a lot of visitors along hotel row a nice preview of what Mardi Gras revelers will be enjoying downtown starting after the Super Bowl crowd leaves town.

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