Top 20 iconic Mardi Gras floats

Top 20 iconic Mardi Gras floats

Credit: © Mitchel Osborne

The next signature float added to the Bacchus lineup was the Bacchagator, which made its debut in 1986. It borrowed its inspiration and even some of its pieces from the 1984 World's Fair, and the huge alligators that were on display there. The 105-foot, three-piece float can accommodate more than 85 riders. The gator was originally green but was turned white in 1997, in honor of the rare white alligators at the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas. According to Bacchus, the alligator returned to green in the 2005 parade and remains that way today.

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by WWLTV

WCNC.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 11:22 AM

Over the next week, hundreds of floats will roll down the streets of the city and suburbs in nearly 35 Carnival parades. That's not even including the truck parades on Fat Tuesday, which seem like they have 1,000 floats each.

Many are rolling works of art, built on canvases that are easily erased and redesigned the following year.  But some, often called signature floats, return each year and have become true icons of the celebration.

As a sign of just how crazy Carnival can be to the outsider or untrained eye, WWLTV.com's list includes a dinosaur, a train, a shoe, a whale, an ox, two alligators and even a toilet seat. 

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