Here's a sweet treat--a short video that captures a bit of a Mardi Gras parade from 1956. It's pretty fascinating to see what the world was like even just half a century ago. Also it's pretty cool to see the innocence of the time and the city of New Orleans back then, before carnival became a frat-boy drink-till-you-puke fest. Not that people didn't drink back then; I just think that many modern attendees think of it as an early spring break and there's actually a lot more to the celebration than that.
Anyway, the good folks at boingboing put together this vid from what appears to be a handheld 8mm home movie made back in the day with some stills intercut.
Enjoy, and throw me something, mister!