Carnival Celebrations and Mardis Gras Parties Kick off WorldWide
Mardi Gras and Carnival celebrations took place in cities all over the world on the weekend, with big parties and parades in New Orleans ahead of the state holiday called Fat Tuesday.
Arrests were made in Greece Friday night as carnival street parties went out of control. Riot police flooded the streets of Thessaloniki as hundreds of teens burned garbage bins and set off fireworks. NowPublic member Teacher Dude wrote about the morning after it happened.
Riot police were deployed against teenagers who had blocked roads in the centre of Greece's second city, Thessaloniki last night during Carnivali celebrations, the Greek Orthodox equivalent of Mardi Gras. (Click here to see eyewitness video).
Crowds jammed streets for parades in cities and towns across Louisiana in the weekend leading up to the state holiday called Fat Tuesday.
It was a celebration marred by two accidents, one of them fatal, in the Cajun town of Carencro and a shooting late Friday on the New Orleans parade route.
Cops in St. Louis, Illinois arrested over 100 people, mostly for underage drinking, during a Soulard Mardi Gras party. That's up from 90 arrested last year.
As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, officers made 105 arrests compared to 90 last year. Most were for underage drinking.
And of course the biggest party of all, Rio de Janeiro, kicked off on Friday as the mayor handed the keys to the King of Carnival, King Momo.
Rio de Janeiro's annual massive street party -- carnival -- officially began on Friday, as the mayor handed the keys to the Brazilian city to the portly King of Carnival - King Momo.
Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, symbolically relinquished control of the city. He handed over the keys to King Momo as samba dancers on stilts threw confetti on the journalists gathered around.