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Mardi Gras around the world

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday as it’s also known, is the Christian feasting period before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. A popular cultural phenomenon that dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites, it is celebrated in many countries around the world which have large Roman Catholic populations, on the day before the religious season of Lent begins. Brazil, Venice and New Orleans play host to some of the holiday’s most famous public festivities, drawing thousands of tourists and revelers every year. With massive celebrations including 54 parades, 1,061 floats, 588 marching bands and more than 135,000 participants, Mardi Gras is an event for everyone who revels in life and love, family and friends, music and food

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