01/27/2012 07:46 am ET Updated Mar 28, 2012

Top 10 Mardi Gras And Carnival Celebrations (PHOTOS)

Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras. No matter what you call it, the last day before Lent's 40 days of repentance (between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday) brings out a wild side in populations around the world.

For over a month in some countries, locals take to the streets to parade, masquerade and promenade in a festive season known as Carnival. As the party nears its month-plus-long end, events heat up.

Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday" in English) rallies locals and visitors alike to the streets of cities like Rio, Venice and Mardi Gras to be over-the-top and naughty before turning religiously nice.

Top 10 Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations