Barbie is being celebrated Mardi Gras-style at the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans.
Hundreds of Barbie doll lovers are flocking to a downtown hotel this week for festivities that include a Mardi Gras-themed reception, live entertainment, auctions, workshops and a fashion show.
The 50-plus year-old Barbie doll, which stands 11.5-inch tall and has been everything from an astronaut to a NASCAR race car driver, is one of the best-known toys of all time with collectors and fans across the globe.
Barbie can sell for as little as $10 at Wal-Mart or for thousands at auction.
Attendance to the New Orleans convention, which continues through Saturday, was to be limited to 800 participants.