Carnival

Rio Carnival 2014 - Day 2...RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 03: Members of Unidos da Tijuca Samba School during their parade at 2014 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome on March 03, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio's two nights of Carnival parades began on March 2 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of thousands of tourists and locals who have previously enjoyed street celebrations (known as "blocos de rua") all around the city. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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The Unidos da Tijuca Samba School carnival parade, at Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil late on Monday. Rio’s two nights of carnival parades began on March 2, attracting thousands of people from home and abroad. 

A man takes pictures of a carnival float depicting Russia's president Vladimir Putin  flexing his muscles and a bomb reading ' Crimea', prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany. The street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, are watched by hundreds of thousands of people and are the highlight of Germany's carnival season called Rosenmontag (Rose Monday).

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A man takes pictures of a carnival float depicting Russia’s president Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles shaped like a bomb reading “Crimea”, ahead of the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany. The street spectacles in the carnival centres of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by hundreds of thousands of people and are the highlight of Germany’s carnival season called Rosenmontag (Rose Monday).

A reveler in a carnival costume attends the opening of the Lucerne carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland, on the so-called dirty Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

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A reveller in a carnival costume attends the opening of the Lucerne carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland, on the so-called dirty Thursday.

The Carnival parade float satirizing FIFA under the slogan 'The whole truth' pictured on Tuesday in Mainz, Germany. The subject will show that the 'high-gloss facade World Cup' which is one side of the business. That the world football organization also has another side with corruption of high officials and by a multi-billion dollar power. The Mainz Carnival parade will be held on Rose Monday, on March 3rd, and is known for poking fun at politicians and celebrities.

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A Mainz Carnival parade float satirises Fifa, the football governing body. The annual parade in the German city will be held on Rose Monday, March 3, and is known for poking fun at politicians and celebrities

Workers construct a Carnival float in the Grande Rio Samba School warehouse on February 24, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival officially begins on February 28 but pre-festivities have already begun

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Workers construct a Carnival float in the Grande Rio Samba School warehouse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival officially begins on February 28 but pre-festivities have already begun.

Workers install a float, with a large mannequin figure depicting the King of the Carnival during preparations for the 130th Nice carnival parade, Thursday, Feb. 13 , 2013, in Nice, southeastern France.  The 130th Nice Carnival runs from February 14 until March 4 and will celebrate the theme "King of gastronomy".

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Workers install a large mannequin depicting the King of the Carnival during preparations for the 130th Nice Carnival in southeastern France

The Hoppeditz, a symbol for carnival, greets hundreds of fools in the streets of downtown Duesseldorf, Germany  after the symbolic awakening from inside a mustard pot on Monday Nov.11, 2013.  November 11,  11:11 o'clock is  the traditional start of the carnival season in Germany  with the  highlight, the street carnival parades on Rose Monday.

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The Hoppeditz, the carnival figurehead that is woken from his slumber at 11.11am on November 11, greets hundreds of fools in the streets of Duesseldorf, Germany. This is the traditional start of the carnival season in Germany with the highlight being the street carnival parades on Rose Monday

Annual West Indian Day Parade Draws Crowds In Brooklyn...NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02:  A woman poses for a portrait during the annual West Indian Day Parade on September 2, 2013 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The parade, which is estimated to draw 3 million particants and viewers, is a celebration of Carribean culture including dance, food, drink and costumes. Each year the parade is also marred by violence; at least one shooting and one stabbing have been reported this year.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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A woman poses during the annual West Indian Day Parade on Monday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. The parade is a celebration of Caribbean culture including dance, food, drink and costumes