Mardi Gras around the globe

Mardi Gras marks the season before Lent, when austere self-denial is the rule, and folks party down in a burst of normally out-of-bounds behavior that can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. It’s celebrated all over the world — in different forms, under different names and at different times — but everywhere in the same spirit of sanctioned abandon.

Text by Kris Collingridge | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Feb 12, 2013 7:50AM
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IT'S ALSO CARNIVAL MONTH IN BOLIVIA. IT SUCKS NOBODY TAKES THIS COUNTRY INTO CONSIDERATION!!!!
Feb 12, 2013 7:31AM
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If Mardi Gras in Mobile is segregated........then it's not Mardi Gras
Feb 12, 2013 6:55AM
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I was in Rio, New Orleans, Netherland, but the most exotic "carnaval" that I saw, was in South America where I found hundreds of europeans, the city is Oruro Bolivia, It was, really a great experience and something different. You Tube has some videos where you can see beautiful young ladies from sweden, Germany together the bolivians dancing with exotic bands. Some of those bands go from  Germany and Sweden.
Feb 12, 2013 6:42AM
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The picture of Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago does not do justice our festival, the best in the World. Our Carnival is copied all over the World; the US, Canada, England, we have thousands of revelers parading for two days without any major incident. Come on down next year.
Feb 12, 2013 6:38AM
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We should have a Burning of the Bad Mood once a week.

In some cities jails should be filled with those grumpy advocates of hard work and those pillars of virtue who appear out of nowhere to strike terror into parents and educators.

Like soothsayers of old these men and women ward off imaginary evils within our diets,our media,our government,our neighborhoods.

The statisticians maintain their perch atop our insurance industry,and dictate all actions according to entrails of actuarial tables.

One day one food or drink causes illness,the next week further studies reveal this healthy virtue becomes a necessity for a long and prosperous life.

It reminds one of the main beneficiaries of the inate fears,the astrologers who can nurture almost any disaster with the stars.

Feb 12, 2013 6:30AM
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"Mardi Gras" (pron.: ), "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season", in English, refer to events of the celebrations, beginning on or after and culminating on the day before . Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the season, which begins on . The day is sometimes referred to as , from the word , meaning "." Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the season of .

Feb 12, 2013 6:27AM
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Intentional gluttony and revelry, followed by a planned period of repentance, solitude, and fasting?.........."we played the flute for you Father, but you did not dance".

Feb 12, 2013 6:13AM
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No offense to anyone, but "Mardi Gras"  is nothing but an excuse to get drunk, and party. If that's your version of excitement..... 
Feb 12, 2013 5:58AM
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Correction DW777 Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival is the biggest in the world. it begins Dec26 and ends Ash Wednesday so much longer than Venice's. The parades are the biggest the costumes are better made and the Parties are everyday of the week some lasting a full 12 hrs.
Feb 12, 2013 5:50AM
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