At least it is in Australia, where people are busy celebrating Fat Tuesday with parades, masks, beads and, of course, a little booze. In New Orleans, revelers packed the city over the weekend to let the good times roll.
Surge Desk rounds up videos from Mardi Gras parties.
Australia puts its own spin on the Mardi Gras parade, as Sydney's Mardi Gras also serves as a gay-pride event. Here are some parade highlights.
In the U.S., where the biggest parades will be held tomorrow for Fat Tuesday, the famous krewes of New Orleans have been preparing for months, as this video from National Geographic shows.
In further preparation for the big party, one woman helpfully demonstrates how to get beads without showing the goods.
Fat Tuesday may still be a day away, but Bourbon Street has been party central for days now.
But not all parades happen on Fat Tuesday. Here's a float rider POV shot from the Knights of Sparta Mardi Gras parade, held Feb. 26 in N'awlins.
New Orleans may be Mardi Gras central, but there are parades elsewhere, too.
In Galveston, Texas, Mardi Gras festivities started at the end of February with the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius parade.
This parade was held in Lafayette, La., on Feb. 26.
More coverage from Surge Desk:
Mardi Gras 2011: Fat Tuesday and Carnival Explained
Mardi Gras 2011 Parade Schedule
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