Tuesday, March 8, 2011

It's Mardi Gras (but not in NYC)

New York does not join the rest of the world in the celebration of Carnival. Why is that? Discuss. In truth, the excesses are more interesting in a world where Lent had some meaning, where an austerity of the 40 days following was palpable. Now it's a celebration of life that just blends into the all the other days.

Amazing photos curated by The Atlantic's Alan Taylor, via Sullivan.







2 comments:

dorki said...

Great selection of photos and thanks for the link to Alan Taylor's site.
The third picture looks like more than "A hundred years of history" of Tenerife.
The last picture of the samba school looks like it could be lilly-pads in a lake in the movie Tron.
These folks really know how to party!

M.A.Peel said...

Hi dorki. It's true, these guys know how to do it up right.

Tenerife also caught my eye. It's the site of the largest disaster in aviation history, when 2 Boeing 747s collided. But that's more about Good Friday than today!