20 iconic floats from past Mardi Gras parades

20 iconic floats from past Mardi Gras parades

Credit: © Mitchel Osborne

When it was founded in 1968, Bacchus changed Carnival in many ways. By our count, over the years it also introduced many of the super, signature floats that make up a list of the city's most recognizable. That includes Bacchus' "gentle dinosaur" - the Bacchasaurus - who first appeared in the parade in 1972. Like everything else in Bacchus, he was bigger and bolder than most of what you saw from Carnival krewes before that time. And in the 42 years since, the smiling creature carrying Bacchus' barrels of wine (and a couple dozen krewe members) on his back has become a Carnival icon.

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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 4:02 PM

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.

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