We've seen some characters in our Mardi Gras wanderings today - some folks who scared us, some who entranced us, and some who downright annoyed us. We call 'em "People of Mardi Gras." You know the type?

Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what we mean.

The Rorschach Ink Blot Black Magic Hat Man

This guys is particularly creepy. Also, we're not really sure which aesthetic he's going for. Bayou pimp? Magic ghost? (Any Mardi Gras experts out there who can shed some light on this are more than welcome to.)

The Gilded Safarist

Imagine just getting back from a safari and not even having enough time to change before the parade. And also that you're completely covered in gold paint. Life is clearly difficult for this here guy.

The Mysterious Purple Masquerade Gal

OK, she's not really that mysterious. We just thought she was purdy.

The Photobomber

This isn't really one person so much as it is a type of person. The Photobomber is known for stepping into your perfect shot with his goofy nonchalance and ruining your shoulda-been-awesome photo. Stay away from this clown.

Chief Wiley

A true man of leadership, Wiley is the ultimate master and commander. No Mardi Gras float is truly complete without Steve Wiley at the helm.