The final Mardi Gras parades continue to roll in New Orleans, despite rain and near-freezing temperatures, capping a weeks-long Carnival season and a weekend of dozens of parades, balls and other celebrations.

Our favorite image of the weekend came between floats and marching bands:

According to the New Orleans Advocate, New Orleans police officers DeCynda Barnes and Winston Harbin are partners and homicide detectives. This weekend, duty called them to a different beat.

“The music came on. I became possessed by the rhythm,” Harbin told the Advocate. See the full video by Ginger Morris of Slidell, La., on Facebook here.

The Associated Press sent this footage of a timelapse of final preparations on Bourbon Street before the final day of celebrations:

New Orleans cleans up before the big night of the world-renowned, bead-throwing Mardi Gras celebration leaves the city's streets trashed. (Reuters)

There will be one more big party to clean up starting at midnight, when Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent. You can see that mess in the making over on’s live ParadeCam.