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Carnival Celebrated around the World as Fat Tuesday Begins

Brazil’s Carnival maintains a frenetic pace as celebrations continue around the world on Fat Tuesday.

Revelers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 4, 2014. Brazil's Carnival is maintaining its frenetic pace, with hundreds of roving parties taking over Rio de Janeiro's streets and famed samba school parades heading into their final night.

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Trinidadian model Soowan Bramble performs in an individual 'mas' costume, short for masquerade, during the Hart's Carnival 2014 presentation "Of Love and War," as the band crosses the stage at the Queen's Park Savannah park on the final day of the parade of bands in the annual Carnival festival, in Port-of-Spain on March 4.

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Performers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on March 4.

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Samba school Uniao da Ilha do Governador performs during the second day of parades on the Sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro on March 3.

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Performers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on March 4.

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Members of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school perform at the sambadrome during the carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro on March 4.

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People throw talcum powder as they take part in the carnival of "Los Indianos" in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of Las Palma on March 3.

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People dressed in costumes as 'Les Gilles de Binche' take part in a procession during the carnival in the streets of Binche, on March 4. The Binche Carnival tradition is one of the most ancient. It is representative of the Wallonia region and was inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

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Revelers perform during the National carnival parade in Gonaives near Port au Prince on March 3 in Haiti.

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A carnival reveler dressed as a 'Peliqueiro' chases a man in a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza on March 4. 'Peliqueiros' or ancient tax collectors, pursued villagers through the streets during their tax collection, ringing cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks.

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Revelers of the Imperatriz samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on March 4.

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A reveler is covered in talcum powder during Los Indianos carnival on March 3, in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain. The origin of the 'Dia de los Indianos' (Day of the Indians) carnival is rooted in the emigration of people from the Canary Islands to Latin American countries, in particular Cuba, and their subsequent boastful return after discovering wealth across the ocean.

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A member of the 'Portela' samba school performs at the Sambadrome during the carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 3.

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Revelers of the Portela samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on March 4.

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Revelers take part in a traditional last-day-of-carnival event called 'Kusaki' in Jedlinsk, near Radom on March 4. The carnival, where all roles are played by males, takes place during Shrove Tuesday in the village of Jedlinsk. The village takes part in a folk party and a re-enactment showing the 'defeat of Death,' according to organizers.

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A woman wearing a carnival costume poses in flooded Saint Mark's Square on the last day of Carnival on March 4 in Venice. It is the last day of the 2014 Carnival of Venice which has run from February 15 and includes a program of gala dinners, parades, dances, masked balls and music events. High water has been forecast for the final day with the chance of possible flooding.

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A girl cools off in an inflatable swimming pool on the beach in La Guaira, Venezuela, on March 3. Some Venezuelans are taking time off for carnival despite two weeks of nation-wide opposition protests.

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Revelers rest in a nearly empty Sambadrome after the end of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro on March 4.

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