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.
A masked devotee walks out from a house to take part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal
A reveller dances while taking part in an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) parade to mark the Gaijatra Festival, also known as the festival of cows, in Kathmandu
The German football team arrives in central Berlin on Tuesday. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country s fourth title with huge crowds of fans lining the streets
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An antique car drives down Main street during a July Fourth parade in the village of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Barnstable, which is located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and was first settled in 1639, is celebrating its 375th anniversary
Militant Islamist fighters parade in Raqqa province, Syria, to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic ‘caliphate’ after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service says
Chelsea pensioners attend the annual Founder’s Day parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, on Thursday
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The Frecce Tricolori Italian air force acrobatic team fly above the Vittoriano monument to the unknown soldier, at the Republic day military parade in Rome
A young performer cries at the Bun Festival procession on Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong. During the parade the Taoist god of the sea is worshipped and evil spirits are scared away by loud gongs and drums.
People participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year, or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.