Flambeaux. In the old days, these guys lighted the way. Imagine a Mardi Gras parade with little no street lights.
Today, they are a big part of the parades, but they are ceremonial and dance to earn tips and a small salary. They are among the hardest workers during Carnival.
Imagine this. Carry a natural gas fuel tank on your back. Carry a hot, gas dripping lighted torch suspended by a belt around your mid-section. Walk and dance. For around five or six miles. Tell me you can do that.
New Orleans. Mardi Gras 2015