Pictures from Mardi Gras and Carnival

<div class="meta "><span class="caption-text ">     Switzerland       Go here if:      You have a good sense of humor, or if you feel your musical talents are underappreciated.       Where&#39;s all the fun?      Lucerne &#40;pictured above&#41; and Basel       How do they celebrate?  Though the parades are inspired by folklore, some have    taken on a satirical attitude. Groups wearing funny masks like these process     playing brass or percussion instruments, and talent is far from a requirement to participate. They also pause periodically to play practical jokes with the     crowd.  (Photo&#47;Sigi Tischler)</span></div>
March 5, 2014 5:28:59 AM PST