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.
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.
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.
Disguised members of a carnival band participate in the carnival procession (Fasnacht) in the historic center of Lucerne, Switzerland, on Feb. 4.
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.
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.
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.
A female reveller celebrates in front of the cathedral during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, on Feb. 4.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artists blow bubbles in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, on Jan. 31.
Two carnival revellers masquerade as Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Mona Lisa' pose in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 31.