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carnival vs. Mardi Gras

[ kahr-nuh-vuhl ]
  1. a traveling amusement show, having sideshows, rides, etc.
  2. any merrymaking, revelry, or festival, as a program of sports or entertainment: a winter carnival.
  3. the season immediately preceding Lent, often observed with merrymaking; Shrovetide.
[ mahr-dee grah, grah ]
  1. the day before Lent, celebrated in some cities, as New Orleans and Paris, as a day of carnival and merrymaking; Shrove Tuesday.
  2. a pre-Lenten carnival period climaxing on this day.

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