Cold is relative as parades roll
NEW ORLEANS - Mardi Gras is cold, but cold can depend on perspective.
Amanda Brooks of suburban Gretna and cousin Janet Strode of Chicago were bundled up, waiting for Zulu's parade to arrive downtown.
Winds gusting up to 30 mph made mid-40s temperatures feel like the upper 30s.
Baby Maria slept in Brooks' arms, nestled in a hat, snowsuit and an adult's quilted jacket with the hood as a windbreaker for her face.
Across the street, Dougie Dommer of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, found it relatively balmy: Oshkosh is 20 degrees with 2 feet of snow.
He's dressed as Santa, "on vacation from the North Pole." Dommer said it's his eighth Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and he always masks as Saint Nick.
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