That's all, y'all: Sweep of Bourbon Street marks end of Mardi Gras

As the clock inside the St. Louis Cathedral could serve to remind all the revelry under its watch in the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day (Feb. 28), it was all over at midnight.

The 2017 Carnival season officially came to a close as Fat Tuesday became Ash Wednesday, and city and state officials hit Bourbon Street to begin the ceremonial -- and slightly serious -- shut down of Mardi Gras.

Now, it's up to the city's sanitation crews to pull all the beads out of St. Charles Avenue's oak trees, sweep up Moon Pie wrappers and sort out any number of unmentionable messes.