In places all over the world
where Christians observe Lent
and there is an expectation
of giving something up for several weeks
(to commemorate Jesus's period
of prayer and fasting prior to the Crucifixion),
the day before Ash Wednesday is
often the height of revelry and excess
before the period of restraint and sacrifice begins.
In New Orleans, the raucous festival
is known as Mardi Gras.
In Venice and Rio, it's known as Carnavale.
And as you can imagine,
it's a playground for photographers.
Celebrate Ruby Tuesday
along with Mardi Gras.
Venice, I'm there in spirit!