(Pictured above and below) Costumes for sale or rent are displayed in a New Orleans shop window.
A dress fit for a princess.
Mardi gras masks.
Gold and silver fleur de lys in many variations.
Alligator heads at the farmers' market.
Palms for sale.
A Tarot card reader and passers-by admiring art pinned on a fence.
Mardi gras beads bedeck this balcony.
Christmas all year round.
Wrought-iron grillwork and greenery.
Reading on a balcony.
Beads and flags.
A balcony weighed down with greenery.
Green is a popular choice for shutters in the French Quarter.
White pumps (thankfully, after Labor Day) dangling from a balcony.
Grillwork, plants and flags.
Grillwork and green shutters.
Turquoise shutters enhanced by plants.
A sprig of green in a metal envelope.
Ode to Dixieland jazz.
Horse-drawn carriage ride.
Pink bicycle to match the blossoms.
A private courtyard.
Reflections in a vitrine featuring a crystal chandelier.
French antiques shot through glass.
Reflections in the window of another antiques shop.
A child's wonder in a French quarter lighting store.
No visit to New Orleans is complete without a stop at Arnaud's.
A legendary restaurant.
Another popular local eatery.
Decorative lights on a lovely side street...
...and on the raucous Bourbon Street, which sadly has deteriorated into a loud, drunken tourist trap.
The New Orleans skyline.
The Creole Queen.
The Steamer Natchez in the Port of New Orleans.
Happy Fat Tuesday! Happy Mardi Gras!