Fat Tuesday Parties and Parades a Match for Rio's Carnival
Fat Tuesday means parties and parades in New Orleans, with thousands of people braving the cold to march or watch in a parade with hundreds of floats. Parties go on until the early morning, and police have made numerous arrests already.
Parties continued to blast away in Rio as the city tries to pull itself together after the hangovers caused by the famed Carnival Parades after four days of celebrations.
The first parade of the day is Zulu, the traditional African-American parade, followed by Rex, the king of Carnival, and hundreds of truck floats.
At 4 a.m., Zulu members got into costume, which for them means blackface, huge afro wigs and grass skirts — as they have traditionally done. Zulu marks its centennial this year.
Partiers woke up early this morning to begin Fat Tuesday celebrations in New Orleans.
Hundreds of floats led by Zulu Krewe hit the streets in the French Quarter for the first parade of the day at 8 a.m.
Rio de Janeiro was wrapping up its famed Carnival parades in the early hours of Tuesday, after two days of effervescent partying that attracted celebrity guests.
The celebrations have their origin in Europe, starting even before the Romans.
In the United States, New Orleans to be exact, today is Fat Tuesday, the high point of that city’s world-renowned celebration. The US celebrations had its origins in Europe. Ancient Romans would observe what they called the Lupercalia, a circus-type festival which was, in many respects, quite similar to the present day Mardi Gras. This festival honoured the Roman deity, Lupercus, a pastoral God associated with Faunus or the Satyr.