Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Hot Cross Bun Tuesday, i.e., the culmination of Carnival, which is celebrated in extraordinary fashion in many countries of the world. The Boston Globe gave it its Big Picture treatment--the photos are stunning (HT Andrew Sullivan). This photo is a Somersert Maugham story waiting to be written.
One of these days I'm going to go to Carnival in one of its obscure incarnations. As for today, I enjoyed a King Cake from Haydel's Bakery, NOLA, at the day job. They make one fine King Cake, and they ship fresh anywhere.