Carnivals 2011

The end of winter in many countries around the world have traditionally marked by carnival celebrations. See a selection of photos of the season carnivals 20011.

Carnivals 2011

1. Participants of the carnival during the opening ceremony of the carnival festivities in the Swiss city of Lucerne. Colorful Carnival in Lucerne, the tradition lasts for 5 days. (Sigi Tischler / EPA)

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2. People in carnival costumes are involved in a street procession "Mameludicos Euforicos" Rio de Janeiro on March 3. (Felipe Dana / AP)

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3. Participants of the annual Venice Carnival pose for the photographer to Piazza San Marco on February 27. (Andrea Pattaro / AFP - Getty Images)

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4. The figure of "Queen of Nice" on the 127-meter carnival parade in Nice on 19 February. 127 th Carnival, known as "King of the Mediterranean Sea", will run until March 8. (Sebastien Nogier / AFP - Getty Images)

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5. Women from the city of the Orinoco, the hometown of Bolivian President Evo Morales, the Andean carnival in Oruro on March 3. At the carnival, attended by hundreds of ethnic groups from the department of Oruro. (David Mercado / Reuters)

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6. Girls with dogs go to the French Quarter during the parade of dogs "Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras" New Orleans, February 27. Funds collected during the parade of dogs held in celebration of Mardi Gras, come animal welfare. (Gerald Herbert / AP)

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7. Party to the parade during the ceremony of the start of carnival celebrations in Lucerne, Switzerland, March 3. (Sigi Tischler / EPA)

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8. The installation, entitled "ReXpubblica" in the form of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during the annual carnival in the Italian town of Viareggio on 20 February. (Fabio Muzzi / AFP - Getty Images)

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9. Women in carnival costumes are prepared to participate in a street procession in Jacmel in Haiti on February 27. Last year the carnival was not performed because of the strong earthquake that occurred in Haiti in January 2010. (Allison Shelley / Getty Images)

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10. Candidate for the title "Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz demonstrates the jury his suit in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish island of Tenerife on March 2. (Desiree Martin / AFP - Getty Images)

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11. satirical figure , depicting Barack Obama and the leader of al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden, during the traditional carnival parade in the Italian town of Viareggio on 20 February. (Paolo Lazzeroni / AP)

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12. Members of the band "Cuareim 1080" during the Carnival Llamadas in the center of Montevideo, Uruguay, on January 27. Llamadas Carnival in Uruguay - one of the longest carnival in the world. He usually begins in January and lasts 80 days until mid-March. The most vivid representation of traditionally held in Montevideo. (Ivan Franco / EPA)

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13. A man in a suit during the 26 th samba carnival in the market square in the German city of Bremen on 26 February. In this street carnival dance groups taking part from all over Germany. (Carmen Jaspersen / EPA)

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14. Speech by the dancers during the traditional parade in honor of the carnival in the port city of Limassol in southern Cyprus on March 6. (Petros Karadjias / AP)

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15. Party carnival in Barranquilla, Colombia, March 5. In 2003, the carnival in the Colombian city of Barranquilla was inscribed on the List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage. (Joaquin Sarmiento / AFP - Getty Images)

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16. Born in Latvia Katrina Asfardi during his room with a "flying piano" at the theater "La Fenice during the annual masquerade ball-" Cavalchina ", taking place March 5 in the framework of the Venice carnival. (Andrea Pattaro / AFP - Getty Images)

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17. Horse in the theater "La Fenice" in Venice during the opening of the Ball-masquerade "Cavalchina" March 5. (Andrea Pattaro / AFP - Getty Images)

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18. A dancer in a cloud of orange smoke during carnival "Bloco da Lama" in Paraty, Brazil, March 5. (Rodrigo Abd / AP)

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19. Top view of the millions of people who gathered at the parade "Galo da Madrugada" (Morning Cock) in the city of Recife in the northern state of Pernambuco, Brazil, March 5. (Stringer / brazil / Reuters)

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20. Dancer at the carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, March 5. (Juan Karita / AP)

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21. Dance during the street parade "Ceu na Terra" Rio de Janeiro on March 5. (Felipe Dana / AP)

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22. Girl during the carnival, which starts from the street Malostranska in Prague on March 5. (Filip Singer / EPA)

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23. People in carnival costumes pose for photographers at the Piazza San Marco during the annual Carnival in Venice on March 5. (Andrea Pattaro / AFP - Getty Images)

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24. Dancers from the school of samba "Vai-Vai" during a speech at the stadium Sambadrom "at the opening ceremony parade prohozhyaschego within the carnival in Sao Paulo, March 5. (Mauricio Lima / AFP - Getty Images)

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