The Latest on Mardi Gras (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

If you thought Saints fans were over the NFC Championship game and the “no-call,” think again.

The Officer's Float rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled
The Officer’s Float rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled “Starring Louisiana” on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)

Blind referee costumes and yellow penalty flag costumes were all the rage in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday as the city marks the last day of Carnival.

A Rams defensive back leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit at a crucial point in the final minutes of regulation. The Rams went on to win the game and then lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

NFL officials acknowledged after the game that flags should have been thrown. But that has done little to assuage Saints fans.

Bacchus LI, actor Jensen Ackles, throws to the crowd as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled
Bacchus LI, actor Jensen Ackles, throws to the crowd as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled “Starring Louisiana” on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)

Nancy Halbert of Baton Rouge dressed up as a blind referee for Mardi Gras. She was joined by similarly dressed friends who walked through the French Quarter with canes.

She says they’ll probably never be over the game but they have been having a “ball” walking through the Quarter.

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The Bacchagator rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled
The Bacchagator rolls down Napoleon Avenue as the 1,600 men of Bacchus present their 32-float Mardi Gras parade entitled “Starring Louisiana” on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Sunday, March 3, 2019. (Michael DeMocker/The Times-Picayune via AP)

9:45 a.m.

Layers. That seemed to be the key to surviving a cold Fat Tuesday in New Orleans.

Temperatures in the New Orleans area were in the 30s and 40s Tuesday morning as thousands of people lined the streets to watch parades and catch beads and throws.

 The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)

People along the parade route were wearing multiple layers of pants, sweaters, hats, blankets, and gloves.

Lorenzo Bridgewater of Slidell, Louisiana, got to the parade route at about 4:30 a.m. to get a good spot.

He wore two pairs of jeans, two pairs of socks, a sweater, a thermal and a shirt under his jacket.

Revelers reach for beads and trinkets as the Krewe of Thoth rolls on the Uptown route in New Orleans Sunday, March 3, 2019, to the theme, 'Thoth Salutes the Greats. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)
Revelers reach for beads and trinkets as the Krewe of Thoth rolls on the Uptown route in New Orleans Sunday, March 3, 2019, to the theme, ‘Thoth Salutes the Greats. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

But he says he loves Mardi Gras and it’s worth getting up this early in the cold to get a good spot.

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1 a.m.

Collin Cancienne, 9, of Metairie hopes riders can fill his Mardi Gras box with throws as the Krewe of Mid-City rolls on the Uptown route in New Orleans Sunday, March 3, 2019, to the theme, ëMid-City Thinks Outside the Box. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)
Collin Cancienne, 9, of Metairie hopes riders can fill his Mardi Gras box with throws as the Krewe of Mid-City rolls on the Uptown route in New Orleans Sunday, March 3, 2019, to the theme, ëMid-City Thinks Outside the Box. (Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate via AP)

The party is on! Thousands of people are expected to gather in the New Orleans area to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Fat Tuesday marks the final day of the season of revelry and costumed merrymaking that began on Jan. 6.

After rainy weather affected some parades Sunday, the weather is expected to be cold but sunny.

The Krewe of Mid-City 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Mid-City's parade is the fifth oldest continuously parading organization of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Mid-City 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Mid-City’s parade is the fifth oldest continuously parading organization of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season. (David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)

The festivities kick off early Tuesday morning when the Northside Skull and Bone Gang walks through the Treme neighborhood before the sun comes up, waking people up to celebrate the day.

That kicks off a busy day of parades along St. Charles Avenue, walking groups in fancy costumes traveling through the French Quarter and the Marigny and Mardi Gras Indians in finely beaded costumes taking to the streets amid the revelry.

 The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)
 The Krewe of Okeanos 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Okeanos is named for the Greek god of oceans and fertile valleys and is sponsored by the Sonaeko (Okeanos spelled backwards) Club.(David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Okeanos 2019 rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Okeanos is named for the Greek god of oceans and fertile valleys and is sponsored by the Sonaeko (Okeanos spelled backwards) Club.(David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
 The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld/The Times-Picayune via AP)
  The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)
The Krewe of Thoth rolls along the Uptown route in New Orleans, La. Sunday, March 3, 2019. Founded in 1947, the Krewe of Thoth is named for the Egyptian Patron of Wisdom and Inventor of Science, Art and Letters.(David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)/The Times-Picayune via AP)

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