Every year, the day before Ash Wednesday, revelers take to the streets of New Orleans to let loose before the solemnity of Lent kicks in. Here are some of our best photos from NOLA's most iconic and indulgent celebration.
Chinese and foreign tourists visit the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival that opened last week in Harbin, the capital of China's Northeastern Heilongjiang Province, on January 7, 2017. The annual festival's major venue, billed as the world's biggest outdoor "freezing" park, attracted over a million tourists last year to see the vast collection of elaborately carved ice structures and sculptures.
The 128th annual Rose Parade was held in Pasadena, Calif., on January 2, before the start of the Rose Bowl game between Penn State and USC. The parade features themed floats ornately decorated with flowers.
History is made as Japan's Shinzo Abe becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor, the stars of "Captain America" - Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson - visit troops on USO Holiday Tour, remembering Pearl Harbor, and more.
Residents of Amona have called on supporters to come and stay in the outpost to strengthen their fight against an Israeli court-ordered evacuation by December 25. Amona is built on privately owned Palestinian land.
From practicing riot control techniques to fighting wildfires in South Carolina to celebrating Thanksgiving while deployed; these are just some of the things members of the United States military have been doing in November 2016.
A rare look inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the Tomb of Jesus in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, on November 24, 2016. Archeologists have recently exposed the original surface of what's believed to be the traditional burial place of Jesus during conservation work. According to tradition the body of Jesus was laid in a limestone cave following his crucifixion by the Romans in 30 A.D.
According to local reports, the poverty level in Gaza has reached 60 percent with more than 250,000 laborers unemployed. The number of child laborers however, has increased, with more than 9,700 Palestinian youth between the ages of 10-17 now in the workforce.
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