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Glitter and glee: Mardi Gras caps Carnival season
The streets are awash in color and dance as thousands of revelers partake in the annual festivities leading up to Lent.
Rival teams "Up'ards" and "Down'ards" battle for the ball during the Royal Shrovetide Football match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England on Feb. 13. For two days, over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, hundreds of participants battle it out in a "no rules" game dating back to the 17th century. The goal is to get a ball into one of two goals positioned three miles apart at either end of Ashbourne.
The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Landale, right, and MP Matt Warman approach the first corner in the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race in Victoria Tower Gardens on Shrove on Feb. 13 in London.
Teams of politicians and journalists race around a circuit while tossing pancakes in frying pans. The team of journalists won this year's event.
The Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school performs in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome on Feb. 12.
Aymara indigenous people perform traditional Andes highlands folk dances during the Anata Andino harvest festival, ahead of the Oruro Carnival, in Oruro, Bolivia, on Feb. 8.
During the harvest festival, native peasant farmers from different Bolivian highlands communities dance in the streets of Oruro giving thanks to Pachamama (mother earth) for the abundant crops.
A nominee for queen performs during the main stage of the Carnival of Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife, on Feb. 7.
The costumes are more than 16 and a half feet high and over 177 pounds in weight. The event began on January 12 and finishes on February 18 with orchestras playing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms throughout the festivities that range from elections for the Carnival Queen, the Junior Queen and the Senior Queen, to children and adult murgas (satirical street bands), comparsas (dance groups) and street performances.