Did you know?: The word 'Carnival', frequently associated with the Mardi Gras celebration, is from the word 'Karneval', derived from the Latin "carne vale" ("meat - farewell") marking the beginning of Lent.
Mardi Gras is just one of the carnivals that take place around the world. The five largest of these, beginning with the largest, are in:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Orleans, Louisiana
This picture is from the Faschings celebration in Germany (they are obviously poking fun at our president):