Today is Fat Tuesday, the day when most people gorge on food and sop-sponge wine before the onset of Lent [Ash Wednesday]. Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras in French, is also the culmination of the carnivals around the world, most famous of which are the New Orleans, Venice and Rio de Janeiro celebrations. It is a period of abandon and merriment when people take to the streets in costumes, beads, masks and doubloons to celebrate this event. Photo above is Jake Cuenca at the Be Bench Finals and Fashion Show, no connection to post. Really.