NEW ORLEANS - They came sculpted, waxed, sprayed, curled, spiked - or just plain bushy.
Beards and mustaches molded to fit categories such as Amish, Dali, Imperial and freestyle were celebrated at the 2013 Just for Men National Beard and Moustache Championships this weekend in New Orleans.
The festivities included a parade down Bourbon Street, where a New Orleans brass band led some of the hirsute competitors waving flags representing their native states.
New Orleans resident Pierre Dupleix sported a bright green leprechaun suit to accompany his reddish beard and mustache, which he wore in tight curls.
"I mean, I was always the freak whenever I go out, so it's been great to be among my bearded brethren," he said with a laugh.
Many also sported long, natural, bushy beards.
In all, more than 150 contestants from the U.S., U.K. and Canada competed in 17 categories during competition Saturday at the House of Blues in the French Quarter.
Each category had a gold, silver and bronze winner.
This was the 4th annual national competition organized by Beard Team USA. This was the first year the event was held in New Orleans, which proved to be a challenge for some. The heat and humidity meant it took more time and energy to mold facial hair creations.