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24 Delightfully Sinful Pictures Of Mardi Gras In The 1970s

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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An older gentleman and a young boy watch the Mardi Gras parade, 1978.

Mardi Gras crowds cheer on the floats, circa 1970.
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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.
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Left: A reveler celebrates Mardi Gras on the street, 1978. Right: A little boy hands out bead necklaces, 1978.

Pedestrians crowd Bourbon Street, 1971.
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Pedestrians crowd Bourbon Street, 1971.

A man in the street takes a swig from a green bottle, 1979.
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A man in the street takes a swig from a green bottle, 1979.

Balloons and streamers line the streets of New Orleans, circa 1970.
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Balloons and streamers line the streets of New Orleans, circa 1970.

Uniformed majorettes march during the Mardi Gras parade, 1973.
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Uniformed majorettes march during the Mardi Gras parade, 1973.

Floats make their way down St. Charles Avenue, 1970.
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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.
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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.
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Onlookers during the Mardi Gras parade, 1973.

Felt fedoras and red shirts are part of these Mardi Gras costumes, 1979.
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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.
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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.
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Mardi Gras revelers in the 1970s.

A space-themed float makes its way down the parade route, 1972.
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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.
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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.
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People watching a Mardi Gras parade from behind a barrier, 1978.


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