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Rihanna found love in a hopeless place, and Ian Somerhalder found Waldo in New Orleans. The Vampire Diaries star — and Louisiana native — was co-Grand Marshall of this year’s Mardi Gras festivities in NOLA (sadly, Klaus and Marcel were nowhere to be found), and when he wasn’t throwing TVD beads on party-goers, he was hanging out with Waldo. Yep, we’re talking about the Waldo from Where’s Waldo fame.

It seems Waldo traveled to New Orleans this weekend to observe the sights and scenes of Mardi Gras. There, he was spotted by Ian and his co-Grand Marshall Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), who promptly snapped a pic with the bespectacled pop-culture icon. We don’t know who looks more starstruck.

Ian looked very dapper in his Mardi Gras best — which included a three-piece suit, bow tie, and fedora — but it was his TVD necklace that really sparked our attention. That man can make anything look good, even beads and bow ties!

Although the 35-year-old didn’t make it to the official Mardi Gras party (he had to return to Atlanta for The Vampire Diaries), it looks like the TVD star had one heck of good time in the Quarter this weekend. “No words needed other than... Wow,” he tweeted on Sunday. Well, color us jealous!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!