Photos: Proteus travels an ancient trade route

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The “Mirage” float rolls down St. Charles Avenue on Sunday. (Zach Brien,

Proteus, among the city’s oldest Mardi Gras krewe dating back to 1882, explored the past for their 137th parade. The floats depicted The Silk Road — the ancient trade route connecting east to west.

Proteus’ title float “Travel and Treasures of the Silk Road” float rolls on Lundi Gras. (Zach Brien,

The “The Rise of Genghis Kahn” float rolls with Proteus. (Zach Brien,

Riders on the “Restful Oasis” float scan the crowd. (Zach Brien,

People reach for beads from the “Port of Alexandria” float. (Zach Brien,

The “Marco Polo” float rolls down St. Charles Avenue. (Zach Brien,

The Roots of Music marching band entertains the crowd. (Zach Brien,

Proteus CXXXVIII, the world is his oyster. (Zach Brien,

Flambeaux light the way down St. Charles Avenue. (Zach Brien,

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