Mardi Gras Exposed
The center of the Mardi Gras universe, New Orleans basks in revelry, as parades, parties and beads blanket the Big Easy in a big way.
Mardi Gras in New OrleansRevelers beg for beads to be tossed from a balcony in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The annual Mardi Gras celebration ends at midnight, when the Catholic Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. 960 1280
Satire on ParadeFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is depicted as a sultan on a float during a Carnival parade in Viareggio, Italy. This version of Carnival is characterized by political and religious satire. 960 1280
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