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Mardi Gras and Carnival 2013

People dress up as Momotxorro, a local mythical animal, during a carnival celebration in Alsasua, northern Spain on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Alvaro Barrientos
Parade goers brave the rain as the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade rolls down Main Street in Biloxi, Miss on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rain wasn't a deterrent for the thousands that gathered for the Mardi Gras day parades.
Amanda McCoy
Peyton Smith, 2, of Walton, Ky., uses a net to catch as many beads possible during his first Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, during the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade in Biloxi, Miss.
Amanda McCoy
Parade goers reach for beads as the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade rolls down Main Street in Biloxi, Miss on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rain wasn't a deterrent for the thousands that gathered for the Mardi Gras day parade.
Amanda McCoy
Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Felipe Dana
A rider on the Krewe of Heart & Soul float peers out from her umbrella during the Krewe of Diamonds Mardi Gras parade in Bay St. Louis, Miss., on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Four parades rolled in South Mississippi on Fat Tuesday despite rainy weather.
JOHN FITZHUGH
A performer from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Silvia Izquierdo
A man dresses up as Momotxorro, a local mythical animal, to mark carnival celebrations in Alsasua, northern Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Alvaro Barrientos
A reveler, wearing a wig and a fake nose, poses for a photo during the carnival parade in Torres Vedras, Portugal, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Francisco Seco
Revelers gather for the start of the Society of Saint Anne walking parade in the Bywater section of New Orleans during Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. FEMA markings from Hurricane Katrina are still seen on the wall.
Gerald Herbert
Revelers dressed as ghostbusters carry backpacks with the cartoons of the Portugal's Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar, center, US's President Barack Obama and former Portugal's Prime Minister Jose Socrates, right, during the carnival parade in Torres Vedras, Portugal, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Francisco Seco
A man dressed as the Pope revels with other costumed people during Mardi Gras in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Gerald Herbert
A 'Gilles of Binche' throws an orange during the Binche carnival, in Binche, Belgium, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Up to 1,000 Gilles gathered in the city centre of Binche, wearing a hat covered with ostrich feathers and a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. The Carnival of Binche is recognized by Unesco as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert
A young 'Gilles of Binche' throws an orange during the Binche carnival, in Binche, Belgium, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Up to 1,000 Gilles gathered in the city centre of Binche, wearing a hat covered with ostrich feathers and a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. The Carnival of Binche is recognized by Unesco as a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Geert Vanden Wijngaert
Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Hassan Ammar
Performers from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Hassan Ammar
Brazilian garbage collector and dancer Renato Sorriso from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Felipe Dana
Performers from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Silvia Izquierdo
A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Hassan Ammar
A man wearing a carnival mask wades through high water with floating ice in a flooded St. Mark's Square, in Venice, Italy, early Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The phenomenon of high water, which floods the Venice lagoon, occurs mainly between autumn and spring when tides are reinforced by seasonal winds. The recent snow falls and low temperatures formed ice blocks in the water.
Luigi Costantini
Performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Silvia Izquierdo
Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Silvia Izquierdo
Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Hassan Ammar
Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Hassan Ammar
Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Hassan Ammar
Drum Queen Cris Vianna from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Felipe Dana
Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Felipe Dana
Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Silvia Izquierdo
Japanese performers from the Mangueira samba school, parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Silvia Izquierdo
Members of the Gold Dusters Dance Team perform as the Krewe of Centurions makes its way through the street, Friday, February 8, 2013 in Metairie, La.. The theme "Happy Holidays" was depicted on 20 floats. Throws included doubloons, cups and swords. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT
BRETT DUKE
Flambeaux carries line up to march in the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. The heavy torches were originally used to light the floats but now many krewes still keep the carries to keep the old-time tradition alive. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
The Krewe of Centurions makes its way through the streets Friday, February 8, 2013 in Metairie, La.. The theme "Happy Holidays" was depicted on 20 floats. Throws included doubloons, cups and swords. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT
BRETT DUKE
Lynn Lake throws beads as she and her dog, Lillie, particpate in the 10th Annaul Mardi Gras Dog Parade held Sandestin Resort's Village at Baytowne Wharf in Destin, Fla. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Hundreds of spectators lined the streets to see the well dressed canines and catch throws ranging from beads to dog biscuits in the annual parade, which is a fundraiser for the Alaqua Animal Refuge. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily, Devon Ravine)
Devon Ravine
Meagan Dowell of The Woodlands screams as floats pass by during the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade on the Seawall at Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas on Saturday night Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Kevin M. Cox) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT
Kevin M. Cox
Drum queen Sabrina Sato from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Felipe Dana
A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Felipe Dana
Captain Bobby Shannon leads the The Quaker City String Band Philadelphia Mummers from the Seawall onto 25th Street during the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade at Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas on Saturday night Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Kevin M. Cox) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT
Kevin M. Cox
The red-clad Mistresses of Joe Cain walk on rain-soaked downtown streets during the Joe Cain Procession Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 in Mobile, Ala. The procession, also called "the people's Mardi Gras parade" is held the Sunday immediately before Fat Tuesday during the Mardi Gras season in Mobile in honor of Joseph Stillwell Cain Jr. (1832-1904), who is credited for restarting Mardi Gras in Mobile following the Civil War. (AP Photo/Press-Register, Mike Brantley)
Mike Brantley
Float riders throw beads during the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade on the Seawall at Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas on Saturday night Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Kevin M. Cox) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT
Kevin M. Cox
Entertainer Harry Connick, Jr., right talks with actress Mariska Hargitay as they prepare to ride in the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade as it rolls through the streets of New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Connick is the founder of the parade. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
Ten-year-old Ashia Harris of Houston waves during the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade on the Seawall at Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas on Saturday night Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Galveston County Daily News, Kevin M. Cox) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT
Kevin M. Cox
Actress Mariska Hargitay rides in the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
Musician Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews rides in the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
Victoria Mendel, 15, of New Orleans, rests between Mardi Gras parades on Napoleon Ave. in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
People throw beads from floats during the Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
Toilet paper hangs from trees as people throw beads from floats during the Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
Floats pass down Napoleon Ave. during the Krewe of Mid-City Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
A reveler shows off his mask during the Krewe of Okeanos parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
A trojan horse float makes its way through the crowd as revelers gather for the start of the Society of Saint Anne walking parade in the Bywater section of New Orleans during Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Overcast skies and the threat of rain couldn't dampen the revelry of Mardi Gras as parades took to the streets, showering costumed merrymakers with trinkets of all kinds. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
Revelers gather for the start of the Society of Saint Anne walking parade in the Bywater section of New Orleans during Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. FEMA markings from Hurricane Katrina are still displayed on the wall. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
Babbette Hines, left, and Carol Jean Dixon, both of New Orleans, pose with their costumes representing sad ladies of the night, inspired by Storyville photographer E.J. Bellocq, before the start of the Society of Saint Anne walking parade in the Bywater section of New Orleans during Mardi Gras day, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert
A mask rider in the Iris Mardi Gras parade throws beads from her float as she rolls through the streets of New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
Performers from the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
Felipe Dana
Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vied for the title of the year's best in an over-the-top, all-night-long Carnival parade at the city's iconic Sambadrome.
Hassan Ammar
Performers from the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
Felipe Dana
A performer from the Sao Clemente samba school is tossed in the air during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013.
Silvia Izquierdo
Hands reach for beads thrown from a float in the Mardi Gras Iris parade as it rolls through the streets of New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.(AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
A flambeaux carrier is illuminated on St. Charles Avenue as the 460 riders of the satirical Krewe D'Etat roll down the traditional Uptown route with their 22-float presentation entitled "The Dictator's Reading Room" on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Michael DeMocker) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT
MICHAEL DeMOCKER
A mask rider in the Iris Mardi Gras parade throws beads from her float as she rolls through the streets of New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Bill Haber
Performers from Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school, prepares before participating in a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
Hassan Ammar
Performers from the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
Felipe Dana
ALTERNATIVE CROP OF HAS108.- A performer from the Sao Clemente samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.
Hassan Ammar
Craig Medred