<b>Mardi Gras, New Orleans:</b> New Orleans' Mardi Gras parade is likely the most famed Carnival parade in the world, with stunning floats, plenty of cheeky costumes and those iconic Mardi Gras beads flying left and right. As is the case with many Carnival celebrations, there are a number of parades held for the occasion, from the Bacchus parade on Sunday to the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) morning. (Shutterstock)

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