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 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 reveller in a carnival costume attends the opening of the Lucerne carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland, on the so-called dirty Thursday.
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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
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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 large mannequin depicting the King of the Carnival during preparations for the 130th Nice Carnival in southeastern France
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
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