Carnival season is prime time for the celebrated Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans to show off their inspired guises.
Chief Howard Miller hand-sews every bead on his suit in preparation for Mardi Gras day on Monday Feb. 7, 2011. It takes almost a whole year and around $10,000 to create the unique costume. Mardi Gras Indian tribes, some founded as far back as the 1880s when African Americans were segregated from white Mardi Gras krewes, are known for the fantastical costumes and rich music they bring to the Carnival celebration. Kerry Maloney/AP Buy Photo