The balcony ballyhoo is big time stuff in the French Quarter of New Orleans -- a favorite pastime for any celebrious occasion -- crowd watching from above. This picture was from the party on Bourbon Street before the BCS game. But, you can be sure there will be crowded balconies this weekend. A total of 25 parades are scheduled for this weekend in New Orleans and nearby.
Jefferson Parish launches its FamilyGras celebration in Metairie Friday night and then on Saturday and Sunday it continues there and across the river in Gretna. Taylor Swift is the headline act Friday night to usher in the first parades.
Seems like there is something for everyones' taste -- and this is just a warm up for the big party that goes in to full tilt next weekend on into Mardi Gras.