Each year, millions of tourists flock to major cities all over the world for a weekend-long celebration leading up to Fat Tuesday, or "Mardi Gras." Donning masks, beads, and elaborate costumes, revelers have joined the festivities—and participated in the unique traditions of each country—for over 500 years. From Venice to Rio de Janeiro and, of course, New Orleans, The Daily Beast takes a look back at the history of Mardi Gras around the globe. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Here, entertainer Orson Welles films the Rio de Janeiro Carnival celebration in Brazil.