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Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday or Pancake Day, is celebrated around the world with parades and carnivals and marks the beginning of fasting for the Catholic Lenten season. The New Orleans parade is one of the most famous Mardi Gras carnivals, but other celebrations around the world are also hugely popular.

So, what are the other popular Mardi Gras celebrations out there? Click ahead to find out.

By Jessica Hartogs and Edward Hunton
Posted 8 Mar 2011

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