Mardi Gras 2011: Images from the Carnival

Cities across the world are enjoying the festivities. Check out this collection of photos from the global event

By Peter Finocchiaro
Published March 9, 2011 2:01AM (EST)

Some call it Carnival. Others, Fat Tuesay. Most Americans, however, know today's celebration by its French name: Mardi Gras. The annual New Orleans bacchanal will reach its ostentatious climax in the French Quarter this evening. But Mardi Gras isn't just a Louisiana affair. People in cities all over the world are celebrating the occasion, from Rio de Janeiro and Sydney to Venice and Cologne. We've collected some of the best images from this international event. 

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