New Orleans Kicks Off Mardi Gras With Skull and Bone Gang Tradition

New Orleans’s Treme neighborhood kicked off Mardi Gras on February 21 with the 200-year-old tradition of being woken up by the North Side Skull and Bone Gang.

Footage from NOLA Ready shows the group dressed in skeletal costumes and playing drums as a pre-dawn crowd watches.

“Everywhere else, it’s just a Tuesday,” the caption read.

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, takes place this year on February 21, marking the end of the Carnival season and the beginning of Lent for Christians. Credit: NOLA Ready via Storyful

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