Beautiful Carnival in Rio de Janeiro Photos

Carnival-in-Rio-de-JaneiroCarnival Season for 2011 is nearing its end. All over the world, celebrations are held as a final party before the fasting of Lent, as a way to usher out the winter and welcome spring. Across Europe and the Americas, parades and festivals have been taking place for nearly a month, culminating in the largest, most famous party of all: the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The festivals in Rio continue until today, March 8th. Gathered below are images from the past several weeks of carnivals around the globe.

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AP Photo / Felipe Dana

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REUTERS / Santiago Ferrero

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AP Photo / Gerald Herbert

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REUTERS / Jose Miguel Gomez

 

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REUTERS / Tim Wimborne

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AP Photo / Fernando Vergara

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AP Photo / Lionel Cironneau

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AP Photo / Andre Penner

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REUTERS / Sergio Moraes

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AP Photo / Felipe Dana

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AP Photo / Felipe Dana

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AP Photo / Rodrigo Abd

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