NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Here's a list of 20 iconic Mardi Gras floats put together by our sister station WWLTV in New Orleans. These floats represent recognized symbols of the celebration, from a dinosaur and fatted ox, to a shoe, a whale, two alligators and even a toilet seat.
Over the next week, hundreds of floats will roll down the streets of the city and suburbs in nearly 35 Carnival parades. That's not even including the truck parades on Fat Tuesday, which seem like they have 1,000 floats each.
Many are rolling works of art, built on canvases that are easily erased and redesigned the following year. But some, often called signature floats, return each year and have become true icons of the celebration.