Carnival Kicks Off Across the Globe

The pre-Lent party begins with rapper Coolio's high-wire act in Venice and revelers on the march in Germany and Brazil

Mardi Gras, Fasching, Carnival. No matter what you call it, the party season leading up to Lent -- forty days that Catholics traditionally spend fasting in preparation for Easter -- has given rise to some of the best parties and wackiest traditions in the world.

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