(fat tuesday) is
a day of celebration before the fasting
begins during Lent that leads up to Easter.
The Carnival festivities start in Venice
with the boat procession along the Grand Canal.
Because the date of Easter changes yearly,
so does the date for carnival festivals
which can be anywhere from February 3 - March 9.
The ladies and gentlemen are resplendent in their
baroque costumes in and around St. Mark's Square.
The masks are truly exquisite and imaginative.
The big event is the 'Masked Ball'.
A 'theatre' of splendid costumes,beads and feathers
and of course lots of jewellery.
There are many other Carnival parades throughout
New Orleans and of course the one in Rio are world
The celebrations in Quebec are called the 'Winter
Ice sculptures and snow events.
Throughout Europe also there are many different
parades and traditions.
Some religious, some not so.
Unfortunately in England we just call it Shrove
Noting spectacular unfortunately!
We just eat pancakes instead!!!!! Shame.
Pancakes eaten either with cream and fruit
but the most popular pancakes are the ones
sprinkled with sugar and with a splash of lemon.
Mardi Gras 2017 is on Tuesday the 28th of February.