Carnival in New Orleans culminates today with "Mardi Gras" - the traditional day of pleasure and sin before Ash Wednesday and solmenity of Lent.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:

New Orleans is celebrating the last day before Lent.

(Rex) "It is hearby ordained, in the Creed, that during the clebration all commercial endeavors be suspended, and pleasure rule day and night! (Cheers)."

Says Rex, the King of Carnival. The weeks-long revelry leading up to Mardi Gras. Tens of thousands line Bourbon Street thorugh the night partying wildly.

There's no time rest...

(Person on street) "Not at all! Come on out! Have fun! Enjoy! Oh yes!"

For tomorrow, says the church, you must be on your best behavior until Easter.

Eben Brown, FOX News Radio

New Orleans isn't the only place that Fat Tuesday is celebrated. Martedi Grasso is held in Venice, Italy as people ready themselves for the beginning of the Lenten season.

FOX News Radio's Courtney Walsh reports:

Visitors donned with masks and costumes are here in droves to join Venetians for the last day of Carnival, known as Martedi Grasso, or Fat Tuesday.

The Venice Carnival began in the 11th century as a time to indulge and consume sweets and meat before Lent. Carnival literally means "a farewell to meat".

This year Venetians say there are fewer costumes. Maria, of the Auqavenice B & B, agrees that there's a rather depressed atmosphere.


But now, throngs are here on San Marco's Square and at midnight the gondolas will make their silent procession down the Grand Canal.

In Venice, Courtney Walsh, FOX News Radio