Carnival Around the World
Carnival is celebrated all around the world in Venice, the US, Panama and Brazil -- just a few of the places we highlighted.
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
Here Comes AlicePartygoers and parade bystanders get excited as a float -- paying homage to the fairytale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland -- rolls down Canal Street for the Rex parade. New Orleans lights up with excitement every year for Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Mardi Gras started in Louisiana in the late 17th century when the area was under French colonial rule. 960 1280
Rex ParadeThe Rex parade, pictured here, is one of New Orleans’ most celebrated Mardi Gras parades. It’s led by an organization (The School of Design), which chooses one member every year to wear the honorary title “Rex.” The distinction is one of the highest honors a person can receive in New Orleans. 960 1280
Mardi Gras ColorsTwo revelers pass by a home before a Mardi Gras parade. Those decorations you see -- beads, ribbons, masks and streamers -- come in traditional Mardi Gras colors: green (symbolizing faith), gold (power) and purple (justice). 960 1280
Mardi Gras 18 Photos
Mardi Gras in New Orleans 11 Photos