Pictures in the News | March 5, 2014

Wednesday’s Pictures in the News begins in the Big Easy, as revelers throw beads in the rain to crowds below from the balcony during Mardi Gras festivities in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is French for “fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, the season of penance and prayer for Christians around the world.

Rio de Janeiro: A dancer performs during the junior carnival parade at the Sambadrome featuring 16 junior samba schools. More Carnival photos

Sevastopol, Ukraine: Ukrainian soldiers guard the Ukrainian territory of Bilbek military air base outside Sevastopol on the Crimea peninsula.

Aleppo, Syria: Syrians search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building, after a barrel bomb was reportedly dropped by Syrian government forces.

Caracas, Venezuela: Thousands of flag-waving protesters took to the streets to keep the pressure on the government on the eve of the anniversary of the death of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Add stops in Nepal, South Africa, Switzerland, China and South Sudan to round out the report.