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It's glitter season in New Orleans.Outside of New Orleans, Mardi Gras has often been perceived as a raucous time of drinking too much beer, throwing beads and nudity.Cari Rhoton uses glitter as a verb. In the garage of her Kenner, Louisiana, home she and her friends gather Sunday evenings to glitter shoes and decorate boots, ballet flats and stilettos. Sunday evenings she sits in her "Glitterage" – a two-car garage where she has organized boxes of different colors of glitter, sequins and beads, a glue gun and boxes of embellishments that she'll put on the shoes.Casby said the Indian outfits are, in part, a tribute to the Native Americans who would hide runaway slaves.At the beginning, the outfits were made out of whatever people could find, and were burned after Mardi Gras, Casby said.When the parade of the Rex Organization rolls down St. Charles Ave. on Mardi Gras morning, the last float parade of the Carnival season, Raymond Joseph Bowie Sr. will likely not be among the throngs of onlookers throwing beads and cheering on the float.Bowie doesn't have formal art training, but has progressed over the years to work on floats in some of the most well-known parades of Mardi Gras, including Rex, Orpheus, Endymion and Zulu.For Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, Mardi Gras comes early.
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