PHOTOS: Nude Beauties & Colours From Mardi Gras And Carnivals Around The...

PHOTOS: Nude Beauties & Colours From Mardi Gras And Carnivals Around The Globe [LOOK]

By Wires | The Trent on March 7, 2014
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A performer from the Vila Isabel samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 4. Brazil's Carnival is maintaining its frenetic pace, with hundreds of roving parties taking over Rio de Janeiro's streets and famed samba school parades heading into their final night. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

Pre-Lenten celebrations around the globe, including Carnival and a rain soaked Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, wrapped up yesterday before the marking of Ash Wednesday today. Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, “Lupercalia,” as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent.

(via Boston.com)

 

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