AP PHOTOS: Fat Tuesday celebrated around the world

February 12, 2013 - 6:31 PM
Brazil Carnival

Maria Caren Paz, from Argentina, from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

From sequin-drenched samba parades in Rio de Janeiro to cascades of Mardi Gras beads on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, revelers gathered to dance until dawn at Fat Tuesday celebrations. The Roman Catholic period of Lent begins on Wednesday and Fat Tuesday marks the end of the carnival festivities that lead to the solemn season.

Here is a look at some of the celebrations around the world.