Alphajets from the French Air Force Patrouille de France in the formation of a Croix de Lorraine cross and releasing trails of red, white and blue smoke, colors of French national flag, fly over the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum during the traditional Bastille day military parade in Paris, France
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A woman dressed in red, white and blue watches the main Orange demonstration during the Twelfth of July parade on Monday in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an Ulster Protestant celebration held annually
Italian carabinieri march on Via dei Fori Imperiali in central Rome on Tuesday, during the military parade as part of celebrations marking Italy’s Republic Day
A girl sporting a sticker with the national flag colours on her face participates in a street parade to celebrate the 24th self-declared independence day for the breakaway Somaliland nation from Somalia in capital Hargeysa on Monday
Children and honour guards watch a performance during the so-called parade of children’s troops in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia, on Thursday
New recruits of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) take part in the passing out parade in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir, India. A total of 341 recruits were formally inducted into the CRPF, an Indian paramilitary force, after completing a 44-weeks training in physical fitness, weapon handling, commando operations and counter insurgency
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Russian Emergency Ministry cadets march as they take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade on Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday. Russia will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1945 victory over Nazi Germany on May 9th.
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Commandos hang from a helicopter during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on Monday
Dressed up Israelis take part in a parade during the festivities of the Jewish Purim festival on Thursday in the central Israeli city of Netanya. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago
A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and a figure representing Greece takes part in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Dusseldorf. The parades in Cologne, Mainz and Dusseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.
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A papier mache figure for carnival floats depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz on Tuesday
A man adds the final touches to a giant figure of Mick Jagger during preparations for the 131st Nice carnival parade in the south of France
New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) march as they take part in the passing out parade at Humhama on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on Friday. A total of 333 recruits were formally inducted into the BSF, an Indian paramilitary force, after completing 44 weeks of rigorous training in physical fitness, weapon handling, commando operations and counter insurgency.
Soldiers practice ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the annual event.
Troops of the Interior Ministry march in a parade during a ceremony marking Iraqi Police Day’s 93rd anniversary at a police academy in Baghdad on Thursday
An Indian Air Force graduate is tossed in the air by his colleagues after their passing out parade ceremony in Bangalore, India. A total of 121 officers including 45 women completed training on Friday after 74 weeks of training
A clown sits on a park bench at sunrise before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday morning
Iranian soldiers mark the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to an eight-year war (1980-1988), during an annual military parade in Tehran, Iran
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Members of the The Fort McHenry Guard Field Musicians perform at the base of the Battle Monument during the Star Spangled Spectacular on Friday in Baltimore, Maryland. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the United States’ national anthem, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will host tall ships, fireworks displays, concerts, historic tours and other events
An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country’s 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta.