Carnival Season is a festive season which occurs usually during February. Carnival Season typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party, as a way to usher out the winter and welcome spring. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life.
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 Brazilian Carnival is one of the best-known celebrations today, but many cities and regions worldwide celebrate with large, popular, and days-long events. The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is the biggest carnival in the world, and the biggest popular party on the planet, according to The Guinness Book of World Records 2010. The Rio de Janeiro Carnaval is also considered the world's most famous.
Gathered below are images from the past several weeks of carnivals around the globe from 2011 season.
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|A Unidos da Tijuca samba school dancer performs during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)|
|A worker prepares a carnival float at Unidos da Tijuca Samba School in Rio de Janeiro March 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)|
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