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Photo gallery: Sidelined at Carnival

Sure, Mardi Gras Day is all about what's in front of you. But sometimes if you glance to the side -- or behind you -- you get a new perspective on things. Because, as they say, the devil is in the details. And whether it's about lounging curbside, cooking paradeside or begging for beads, New Orleanians are always exceedingly creative.

Renee Peck is editor of NolaVie. Email her at renee@nolavie.com.