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All you need to know about New Orleans' best loved tradition... Mardi Gras! As with carnivals from Brazil to Italy, Mardi Gras is celebrated in the run up to Ash Wednesday in the christian calendar and means Fat Tuesday.

All you need to know about New Orleans' best loved tradition. As with carnivals from Brazil to Italy, Mardi Gras is celebrated in the run up to Ash Wednesday in the christian calendar and means Fat Tuesday.

Photos of Mardi gras around the world Eye Candy at Nice, France Carnival Mardi Gras

Photos of Mardi gras around the world Eye Candy at Nice, France Carnival Mardi Gras

Rio Carnival 2014      >>  I`m going for the experience of my life-time!

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. This festival dates back almost 300 years and has a regular attendance of over 2 million people.

Young Orange-Thrower, Ivrea Carnival, Italy by Vincent Besanceney, via Flickr

Young Orange-Thrower, Ivrea Carnival, Italy by Vincent Besanceney, via Flickr

In pictures: Mardi Gras and other Carnival celebrations around the world

In pictures: Mardi Gras and other Carnival celebrations around the world

Fat Tuesday: Carnival celebrations culminate on Mardi Gras around the world (Photo: Tasso Marcelo Leal / AFP - Getty Images)

Though Mardi Gras takes credit as the USA's ultimate party, New Orleans reaches equal heights of hedonism the days prior to Fat Tuesday with street parades in all their purple, green, and gold glory. Amid all the traditional local revelry, expect bead-hungry college kids galore.

The Biggest, Unruliest, and Classiest Carnival Parties Around the World

The Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea Italy

The Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea Italy

The Battle of the Oranges Ivrea Italy takes place during the Carnival period. This historic event dates back to medieval times.

Drum queen Luana Bandeira, from Estacio de Sa samba school. Performing at Rio Carnival.

Photos: Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Drum queen Luana Bandeira, from Estacio de Sa samba school. Performing at Rio Carnival.

Rio festival!!!

Revellers of the Salgueiro samba school participate on the first night of the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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