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Carnival Pics

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  • 1. Bull market Members of the Krewe of Rex, parade down St. Charles Avenue during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 16. Hold my train? The carnival parade on Shrove Tuesday, part of the Mardi Gras celebrations in Nice, France. The theme of the 126th carnival of Nice is "King of Blue Planet."
  • 2. Yeah, sew? Elaborate costumes parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 16. Mardi Gras madness A member of the Mondo Kayo Marching Club poses during Mardi Gras, Feb. 16, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The annual Mardi Gras celebration ends at midnight, when the Catholic Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday.
  • 3. Getting their Vitamin C Rival teams pelt each other with oranges during the annual carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea, Feb. 15. The battle, which every year turns the small town into a mass of fruit-flinging madness, commemorates a local revolt which took place when a medieval count tried to exercise his right to sleep with a newly wedded girl on her wedding night. Row, row, row your boat ... Men masked as Busho cross the Danube by boat, marking the start of the annual Busho Carnival in Mohacs, south of Budapest, Hungary, on Feb. 14. Local carnival tradition here stems from a 16th century attempt to scare away Turkish invaders by putting on bizarrely painted wooden masks and clothes made from sheep fur.
  • 4. Comforting a queen Drum Queen Julia Lira, 7, of the Viradouro samba school cries as she is carried by her father, Viradouro's president Marco Lira, to her position at the start of their contingent in the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome Feb. 14. Lira's position as the youngest drum corps queen in memory caused controversy as well as tears. Venetian view A person in a carnival costume and mask poses for a picture in San Marco square in Venice on Feb.7, during the annual Venice Carnival. First recorded in 13th century, the central feature of the festivities is the masks worn by revelers, a subversive act against laws enacted against them.
  • 5. Once a pagan celebration in ancient Rome, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is now considered one of the greatest shows on Earth. Rio de Janeiro is known as the cultural capital of Brazil and was the administrative capital from 1822 to 1960, when Federal Government moved to the new capital, Brasilia. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723.