A huge Halloween weekend in the city kicked off tonight in typical New Orleans fashion -- with a parade and plenty of wild costumes.
"It's fun," said Kathleen Spencer. "It's my first time at Krewe of Boo. I've missed it the last several years, and I'm glad to be here."
With 15 large floats, more than 400 riders and lots of entertainment throughout, Krewe of Boo rolled through the Marigny, French Quarter and Downtown as people young and old, lined the streets.
"I brought my little cousins with me, yes, so we're all having a good time," said Kelsey Carter.
For kids, the start of a favorite holiday.
"You get to trick or treat, and a lot of people scare you and stuff," said Talayah Vigne. "It's fun."
Tourism officials say the city is poised to cash in on a weekend packed with events - including the Voodoo Music Experience at City Park. The three-day concert spectacle begins Friday (Oct. 31), and it's one of many reasons officials say hotels surveyed in the French Quarter and downtown are more than 90 percent booked.
"New Orleans has become one of the most authentic Halloween destinations in America, as the polls and surveys show," said tourism official Mark Romig. "People love to come here. There's the mystique of New Orleans. There's great weather."