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Party’s Over: Carnival Celebrations End With a Bang

Parades, costumes and revelry mark the Carnival season around the world

A reveler makes her way through the French Quarter on Feb. 9 in New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras in French. 

Carnivals around the world came to a close on Tuesday, ahead of Ash Wednesday and the start of the Christian Lenten season. 

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Performers parade on the last day of Carnival in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Many Haitians said they were staying away from the capital’s annual celebration this year out of security concerns. Dieu Nalio Chery / AP
Revelers participate in the Coso Parade, the grand finale of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival on Spain's Canary Islands on Feb. 9. RAMON DE LA ROCHA / EPA
A man collects oranges during the traditional orange-throwing battle in the northern Piedmont town of Ivrea, Italy, on Feb. 9, 2016. The Carnival orange-throwing battle has its roots in the middle of the 19th century. Luca Bruno / AP
A man is dressed as a traditional "careto" during the Lazarim carnival in Lamego, Portugal, on Feb. 9. "Caretos," young men who wear wooden masks and rattle belts to scare people on the streets (especially young girls), are a traditional element of Portugal's Carnival dating back to Celtic times. OCTAVIO PASSOS / EPA
A reveler wearing a sheep-fur costume stands in front of a bonfire where a coffin symbolizing winter is burned at the end of Carnival in Mohacs, Hungary, on Feb. 9. Tamas Soki / MTI via AP
Revellers throw talcum powder during the street carnival "Los Indianos" in La Palma, on Spain's Canary Islands on Feb. 8. DESIREE MARTIN / AFP - Getty Images
Revelers pose during Carnival celebrations on Feb. 8 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mario Tama / Getty Images

Members of the Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Feb. 8.

Photos: Brazil's Wild Carnival Parades Roll On

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The 2016 Carnival King Momo, Wilson Dias da Costa Neto, holds the key of the city with Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes, and the Carnival Queen Clara Paixao, at a ceremony marking the official start of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 5. Leo Correa / AP
Disguised members of a carnival band participate in the carnival procession (Fasnacht) in the historic center of Lucerne, Switzerland, on Feb. 4. ALEXANDRA WEY / EPA
Staufen 'Schelme' (lit. pranksters) watch the traditional 'storming' of the town hall marking the beginning of the carnival season in Staufen, Germany, on Feb. 4. The main carnival season festivities will happen around Rose Monday on Feb. 4. PATRICK SEEGER / EPA
Dancers and drummers forming a group known as "comparsa", compete by playing and dancing to the rhythm of the traditional "candombe" music, in Montevideo, Uruguay on Feb. 4. PABLO PORCIUNCULA / AFP - Getty Images
Revelers wearing sheepfur costumes walk during the traditional carnival parade in Mohacs,, Hungary, on Feb. 4, 2016. The carnival parade of people, the 'busos', dressed in such costumes and frightening wooden masks, using various noisy wooden rattlers to drive away winter. Tamas Soki / AP
A female reveller celebrates in front of the cathedral during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, on Feb. 4. Martin Meissner / AP
Revellers attend the 'Urknall' (Big Bang), which initiates at 5 o'clock in the morning for the carnival (Fasnacht) of Lucerne, Switzerland, on Feb. 4. ALEXANDRA WEY / EPA
Some 'Tschaeggaettae', masked participants of the traditional carnival cortege, poses in the streets of the village of Blatten in the Loetschental valley, southwestern part of Switzerland, on Feb. 4. During this sinister carnival, about one hundred Tschaeggaettae with huge wooden masks and animal furs crowd the streets of the villages to scare the people in the Loetschental, a valley where this custom is still alive. DOMINIC STEINMANN / EPA
Indigenous musicians play "Tarkas", a native instrument, during the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) parade in Oruro, Bolivia,on Feb. 4. Hundreds of ethnic groups from Oruro province participated in the carnival. DAVID MERCADO / Reuters

Fareed Raffick, performs before the judges at the Traditional Mas Competition held during the annual Carnival celebrations, at Adam Smith Square, in the capital of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Feb. 4.

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Participant Roxanne Omalo is costumed at the finals of the senior King and Queen of Carnival Competition at Queen's Park Savannah in Port-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on Feb. 2. Andrea De Silva / EPA
Artists blow bubbles in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, on Jan. 31. Luigi Costantini / AP
Two carnival revellers masquerade as Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Mona Lisa' pose in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 31. Domenico Stinellis / AP