It was Carnival season as Lent approached, and that means Mardi Gras had arrived. Translated from the French, it was Fat Tuesday in the capital ahead of todays Ash Wednesday.
Traditionally, Fat Tuesday is a time to cut loose before Christianitys 40-day period of self-denial, penitence and fasting of Lent, which precedes Easter.
In the capitals celebration, Lily Ross, 8, above, of Sacramento is framed by the Element Brass Band as she enjoys the costumed revelry in front of Mulvaneys B&L.
For many Americans, Mardi Gras is synonymous with the grand party held each year in New Orleans. Residents of that city have been been engaging in pre-Lenten celebrations since French explorers brought the tradition during the 1700s.