Carnival/Mardi Gras 2012

Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival revelers accompany a float in the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany.
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveler cruises along Canal Street during the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 8, 2011. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival, and the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's been celebrated in Louisiana since the late 17th century when it was under French colonial rule. AFP PHOTO / ROD LAMKEY JR (Photo credit should read ROD LAMKEY JR/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A worker staples a banner on the "Sambodromo" of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 15, 2012 where 13 Samba Schools will parade next February 19 and 20 during carnival celebrations. The Sambadrome, originally designed 30 years ago by famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer reopened Sunday after a nine-month makeover. AFP PHOTO / Christophe Simon (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Renascer samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
US singer Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd as she attends the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Revellers of Renascer samba school dance during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: brazilian revelers pose during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the country’s preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Revellers of Portela samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Drummers of Imperatriz samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Actor and comedian Will Ferrell tosses beads and doubloons to fans as he reigns as King of Bacchus in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Actor and comedian Will Ferrell greets fans as he reigns as King of Bacchus in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Actor and comedian Will Ferrell greets fans as he reigns as King of Bacchus in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school performs on a float during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A New Orleans area High School Marching Band in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Eleanor McMain High School Marching Band in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Mocidade samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Mocidade samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Revellers of the Porto da Pedra samba school perform on top of a float at the Sambadrome, during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed Carnival on February 20, 2012. The Rio Carnival, billed as "the greatest show on Earth" generates 250,000 jobs and revenues of 640 million USD for hotels, bars and restaurants, according to state estimates. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of Vila Isabel samba school performs during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of the Beija Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed carnival parades on February 20, 2012. The night parades in Rio's hallowed Sambadrome marked the high point of the pre-Lent bacchanalian Carnival festival, which is bringing this racially diverse country of 191 million people, virtually to a stop. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller of the Beija Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed carnival parades on February 20, 2012. The night parades in Rio's hallowed Sambadrome marked the high point of the pre-Lent bacchanalian Carnival festival, which is bringing this racially diverse country of 191 million people, virtually to a stop. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school performs during the first night of Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. The night parades in Rio's hallowed Sambadrome marked the high point of the pre-Lent bacchanalian Carnival festival, which is bringing this racially diverse country of 191 million people, virtually to a stop. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school perform during the first night of Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. The night parades in Rio's hallowed Sambadrome marked the high point of the pre-Lent bacchanalian Carnival festival, which is bringing this racially diverse country of 191 million people, virtually to a stop. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival revelers accompany a float in the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Mainz, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany. Keywords: Rosenmontag, Karneval, Umzug, Fasching, Fastnacht
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival revelers accompany a float in the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany.
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
A float featuring Chancellor Angela Merkel makes its way through the streets during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival Around The World 2012
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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