Rose Monday Carnival

Rose Monday: German Carnival Mocks Politicians With Satirical Parade Floats [PHOTOS]

Rosenmontag, known as Rose Monday, is one of the highlights of the German Karneval. Similar to Mardi Gras, it is celebrated on the Monday before Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent in Germany. In the Rose Monday parade in Düsseldorf this year, many of the floats were meant to mock politicians while sending a political message to the crowd. Take a look at some of the most satirical parade floats in celebration of Rose Monday.
Mardi Gras 2012: What To Know About Carnival History And Traditions

Mardi Gras 2012: What To Know About Carnival History and Traditions

It's almost Mardi Gras 2012, and people around the world are preparing for the carnival season that comes before Lent. But how did Mardi Gras get started? What does its name mean? How did it take root in New Orleans, and how is it celebrated around the world? Here are five things to know about Mardi Gras history and in traditions, from how the holiday is celebrated worldwide to why some believe the carnival's roots lie in ancient Rome.
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Rio Carnival 2012: Madonna, J Lo and Fergie Heat up The Festive Season (PHOTOS)

Top-league samba schools are painting the streets of Rio de Janeiro red, literally. One of the year's most eagerly awaited events, the color and life filled carnival parade has attracted celebs such as Jennifer Lopez and Fergie. Millions of people watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival parade on Sunday and a few heads did turn towards the celebrities sitting at the VIP boxes.