Around the world in 11 images: photos of the day
As Carnival celebrations continued around the world on Tuesday, many of today's images feature the celebrations and elaborate costumes from New Orleans, Haiti, Panama City, Hungary and Italy.
The North Side Skull & Bone Gang parade down the streets during the wake up call for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Their costumes are intended to represent the dead and they bring a serious message, reminding people of their mortality and the need to live a productive and good life.
Children explore the 'Crunchem Catchem Spellem' giant satchel installation designed by set designer Rob Howell and based on Matilda the Musical, during the launch of the Southbank Centre's annual Imagine Children's Festival at the Southbank Centre, London, which will celebrate Roald Dahl's centenary, with a range of Roald Dahl themed events and installations.
A reveller wearing a sheep fur costume is seen in front of a bonfire on which they burn a coffin symbolizing winter during the closing ceremony of the traditional carnival parade in Mohacs, 189 kms south of Budapest, Hungary on Tuesday. The carnival parade of people, the so-called busos, dressed in such costumes and frightening wooden masks is traditionally held on the seventh weekend before Easter to drive away winter.
Otters at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, as they welcome the arrival of three new female Asian small-clawed otters to the group. The Asian small-clawed otters are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, due to habitat destruction, water pollution and hunting.
Norwich South MP Clive Lewis takes part the annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race in which MPs, Lords and members of the media race each other on pancake day to raise money for the charity Rehab, in Victoria Tower Gardens, London.
Costumed revellers in protective helmets throw oranges during Carnival in the northern Italian Piedmont town of Ivrea, Italy, Tuesday. The traditional orange-throwing battle has its roots in the middle of the 19th century.
The Rex rolls down St. Charles Avenue toward Canal Street in the New Orleans CBD Tuesday. Dressed in elaborate costumes, dancing to the beat of brass bands and clamoring for beads from passing floats, thousands of people gathered in the streets of New Orleans to mark the culmination of the famous Mardi Gras celebration Tuesday.
A Carnival dancer exits the back of a bus as she arrives for the last day of Carnival celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday. Political tensions haven't stopped the Haitian capital's annual Carnival, but the uncertainty led to the cancellation of the first day of festivities and put such a damper on the party that a number of top bands have pulled out. There have been relatively few decorated floats, a scarcity of sponsors and many Haitians say they are staying away from the capital's annual celebration this year out of security concerns.
A Carnival performer smokes a cigarette before the start of the last day of Carnival celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Revellers in devil costumes dance during a street parade on the last day of Carnival celebrations in Panama City on Tuesday.
In this Tuesday, 9 February photo an Egyptian watches the site of al-Hussein mosque as thousands celebrate Moulid al-Hussein, a Sufi gathering which commemorates the birth of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad's grandson, in Cairo, Egypt. The event attracts thousands of Muslims from all over the country to the mosque and shrine named for him.