Protester.Photo courtesy Infrogmation via FlickrThe Gulf of Mexico oil spill has triggered the usual stages of grief: Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Elaborate costumes. Nudity.

Protesters in New Orleans, New York, Washington, D.C., and other cities have been getting creative — and naked — with their responses to the Gulf spill. Let’s just say a whole lot of chocolate sauce and molasses (oil doppelgangers, natch) have been spilled for the cause. 

In New York and elsewhere, the World Naked Bike Ride — always an anti-oil affair — took on a special Gulf of Mexico flavor this year. Folks in New Orleans held a jazz funeral procession for the Gulf. And as they say in the Big Easy, you celebrate the life that died, rather than mourning the death. Here’s to you, Gulf of Mexico.