Ian Somerhalder Tosses Beads, Rides Float at Mardi Gras

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Dare we say Ian Somerhalder is the king of Mardi Gras?

The Vampire Diaries star skipped the Oscars weekend festivities in Los Angeles and had a blast in New Orleans Saturday, tossing beads to a crowd during a parade on the Krewe of Endymion.

And we're pretty sure the ladies were crowding around that float, considering how dapper the handsome thesp looked in a black suit, bow tie and cream fedora.

The New Orleans native got really into his bead tossing too, leaning over the float and tossing bills over his back and holding beads in his mouth to get cheers from the crowd below.

"No words needed other than... Wow. @esquiremag #mardigras photo by @butchhogan," Ian posted on Instagram Sunday, along with a photo of himself riding in the passenger seat of a Louisiana cop car and waving to fans.

After arriving Saturday, Ian was right back out again, heading back to Atlanta Sunday.

"#mardigras is done for this year- flying home to Atl-on Vampire Diaries Set in a few hours!!!!," he posted on Instagram, along with a shot of himself on what looked to be a private plane.

Kelly Clarkson and her hubby Brandon Blackstock, Walking Dead star Norman Reedus and more stars were also on hand for the Mardi Gras festivities.

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