New Orleans in the 1970s was a perfect blend of yesterday's traditions and the ruckus of today's parties. These pictures show just how incredible Mardi Gras was during those years.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on March 5, 2019, at 12:44 p.m. ET
Floats make their way down a crowded Canal Street during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 1971.
A marching band makes its way down the parade route, circa 1970.
Left: A reveler with her face painted, 1972. Right: A woman sits on the curb during the Mardi Gras parade, 1973.
An older gentleman and a young boy watch the Mardi Gras parade, 1978.
Mardi Gras crowds cheer on the floats, circa 1970.
Left: A reveler celebrates Mardi Gras on the street, 1978. Right: A little boy hands out bead necklaces, 1978.
Pedestrians crowd Bourbon Street, 1971.
A man in the street takes a swig from a green bottle, 1979.
Balloons and streamers line the streets of New Orleans, circa 1970.
Uniformed majorettes march during the Mardi Gras parade, 1973.
Floats make their way down St. Charles Avenue, 1970.
Left: A man plays a banjo for money during the Mardi Gras parade, 1973. Right: A woman dances barefoot during Mardi Gras celebrations, 1978.
Onlookers during the Mardi Gras parade, 1973.
Felt fedoras and red shirts are part of these Mardi Gras costumes, 1979.
A float with a sign that reads "Hurrah! The War Is Over" makes its way down the Mardi Gras parade, 1973.
Mardi Gras revelers in the 1970s.
A space-themed float makes its way down the parade route, 1972.
Left: A man with his face painted gives a smirk to the camera, 1972. Right: A Mardi Gras Indian in a feathered headdress plays a tambourine for Mardi Gras, 1978.
People watching a Mardi Gras parade from behind a barrier, 1978.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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