This past Tuesday, Carnival celebrations took place around the world, from New Orleans and Panama to Venice and Rio de Janeiro! The festival season, which occurs just before the fast for Lent begins, is observed with parades, masks, and public street parties. Thousands of photos from the celebrations were shared with Instagram over the last week.

Photos by bailandesa, folha_carnaval, puttingonayres, bob_the_bombel, lyniebish, crystallrich, skywalker523, whyellejay & britann23.