Big Chief Tugga Cloud, 17, leads the Red Flame Hunters, a newer Mardi Gras Indian tribe that is also a youth outreach organization. Eve Troeh/WWNO hide caption

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(Left) Sauerkraut and sausage (foreground) cook on the stove at the Hutte Restaurant. (Right) Diners Roxanne Singhisen and Nick Lockyer of Pittsburgh chat at the Hutte. Pat Jarrett for NPR hide caption

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Semlor served at FIKA in New York City. "The interest [in semlor] is huge," says Lena Khoury, the Swedish cafe chain's director of strategy and communications. Courtesy of FIKA hide caption

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The annual Courir de Mardi Gras in Mamou, La., in February 2008. In the Cajun country tradition, revelers go house to house, collecting ingredients for gumbo from local families. Here, the host tosses a live chicken from a rooftop for the participants to catch — which can be tricky, considering the festivities often begin with early-morning drinking. Carol Guzy/Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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New Orleans police officer Patrick Schneider patrols Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter on Saturday. Jason Saul/WWNO hide caption

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Waitress Gaynell James serves up calas cake from the kitchen at The Old Coffeepot Restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans on Jan. 28, 2013. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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