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Dancing All Over the World - 07 mar 2014
Bejewelled dancers in Rio de Janeiro. Costumed masquerades in Venice. Revellers dressed as horned devils in Spain.

The traditions may be different, but in countries all over the world Carnival is a time to throw off the shackles of everyday life. Reuters photographers around the globe documented the topsy-turvy revelry of the season.
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March 03, 2014
Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's...
Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL
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March 04, 2014
A reveller is seen during a parade by Caretas, a traditional Carnival group, in Triunfo, Pernambuco state,...
Trinufo, Brazil
A reveller is seen during a parade by Caretas, a traditional Carnival group, in Triunfo, Pernambuco state,...
A reveller is seen during a parade by Caretas, a traditional Carnival group, in Triunfo, Pernambuco state, northeastern Brazil, March 4, 2014. REUTERS /Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL/
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March 02, 2014
Reveller is seen in butcher shop during a traditional Maracatu carnival in Nazare da Mata, in the state...
Nazare Da Mata, Brazil
Reveller is seen in butcher shop during traditional Maracatu carnival in Nazare da Mata, in state of...
Reveller is seen in butcher shop during a traditional Maracatu carnival in Nazare da Mata, in the state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil, March 2, 2014. REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD)
BRAZIL/
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February 23, 2014
A reveller poses next to graffiti during an annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth),...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
A reveller poses next to graffiti during an annual block party in Rio de Janeiro
A reveller poses next to graffiti during an annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro February 22, 2014. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival will be held from February 28 to March 4. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL/
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February 25, 2014
A dancer performs during the rehersal of the Mocidade Independente Samba school at Bangu neighborhood...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
A dancer performs during the rehersal of the Mocidade Independente Samba school at the Bangu neighborhood...
A dancer performs during the rehersal of the Mocidade Independente Samba school at Bangu neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro February 24, 2014.The Rio de Janeiro Carnival will be held from February 28 to March 3. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)
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March 04, 2014
Revellers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school are suspended by wires on a float made to resemble...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Revellers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in...
Revellers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school are suspended by wires on a float made to resemble a vertical soccer field, as they participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
BOLIVIA/
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February 27, 2014
Bolivian indigenous women dance in the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) in Oruro February 27, 2014. Hundreds...
Oruro, Bolivia
Bolivian indigenous women dance in the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) in Oruro
Bolivian indigenous women dance in the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) in Oruro February 27, 2014. Hundreds of ethnic groups from Oruro province participated in the carnival. REUTERS/Gaston Brito (BOLIVIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
VENEZUELA-PROTESTS/
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March 04, 2014
A child dressed as former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a parade during the Carnival festival in...
Caracas, Venezuela
A child dressed as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez parade during the Carnival festival in Caracas
A child dressed as former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at a parade during the Carnival festival in Caracas March 4, 2014. Venezuela geared up on Tuesday for commemorations of socialist leader Chavez's death despite continued protests against his successor that have shaken the OPEC member and threatened the legacy of "El Comandante." REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
COLOMBIA/
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March 03, 2014
Congo dancers pay their respects to dead relatives before the "Grand Parade of Tradition" as part of...
Barranquilla, Colombia
Congo dancers pay their respects to dead relatives before the "Grand Parade of Tradition" as part of...
Congo dancers pay their respects to dead relatives before the "Grand Parade of Tradition" as part of Carnival celebrations, at a cemetery in Barranquilla March 2, 2014. REUTERS/John Vizcaino (COLOMBIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
PANAMA/
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March 05, 2014
A reveller wearing a costume in the Brazilian national flag colours arrives to participate in the annual...
Panama City, Panama
A reveller arrives to participate in the annual Carnival parade in Panama City
A reveller wearing a costume in the Brazilian national flag colours arrives to participate in the annual Carnival parade in Panama City March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: SOCIETY)
MALTA/
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March 02, 2014
Dancers perform on an oriental-themed float during carnival celebrations in Valletta March 2, 2014. Several...
Valletta, Malta
Dancers perform on an oriental-themed float during carnival celebrations in Valletta
Dancers perform on an oriental-themed float during carnival celebrations in Valletta March 2, 2014. Several themed floats, which were built all over the island, have converged in the capital Valletta to compete for the grand prize in the Carnival parades. The finale parade takes place on Tuesday.
REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
DOMINICAN-REPUBLIC/
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March 03, 2014
A performer takes part in an event marking the closing of carnival celebrations in the Malecon of Santo...
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
A performer takes part in an event marking the closing of carnival celebrations in the Malecon of Santo...
A performer takes part in an event marking the closing of carnival celebrations in the Malecon of Santo Domingo March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY HEADSHOT)
CANADA/
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February 15, 2014
People play in the snow during the snow bath at the Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec City, February 15,...
Quebec City, Canada
People play in the snow during the snow bath at the Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec City
People play in the snow during the snow bath at the Quebec Winter Carnival in Quebec City, February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger (CANADA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
SPAIN
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March 04, 2014
Carnival revellers dressed as "Peliqueiros" run through a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza...
Laza, Spain
Carnival revellers dressed as "Peliqueiros" run through a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza...
Carnival revellers dressed as "Peliqueiros" run through a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza March 4, 2014. "Peliqueiros", or ancient tax collectors, pursued villagers through the streets ringing their cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY)
SPAIN/
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March 03, 2014
A reveller walks down a street during the "O Entroido" festival in Spain's northwestern village of Laza...
Laza, Spain
A reveller walks down a street during the "O Entroido" festival in Spain's northwestern village of Laza...
A reveller walks down a street during the "O Entroido" festival in Spain's northwestern village of Laza March 3, 2014. The carnival lasts for a week and is considered a major social and cultural event in Laza. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY)
SPAIN/
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March 02, 2014
Girls dressed as Lamia take part in Aratustes (carnival) in the Basque coastal town of Mundaka, March...
Mundaka, Spain
Girls dressed as Lamia take part in Aratustes (carnival) in the Basque coastal town of Mundaka
Girls dressed as Lamia take part in Aratustes (carnival) in the Basque coastal town of Mundaka, March 2, 2014. The Lamia, a figure of Basque mythology, is a half human half animal creature whose lower parts are those of a goat or duck in inland regions, and a mermaid-like creature in coastal areas. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN/
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February 23, 2014
A member of a folk group grabs a child during a parade, part of the VII Xornaes de Mazcares d'Inviernu...
Valdesoto, Spain
A member of a folk group grabs a child during a parade, part of the VII Xornaes de Mazcares d'Inviernu...
A member of a folk group grabs a child during a parade, part of the VII Xornaes de Mazcares d'Inviernu (VII Winter Mask Meetings) in Valdesoto, near Oviedo, February 23, 2014. Groups from different regions of Spain and Portugal attended the gathering and displayed their traditional carnival rituals. REUTERS/Eloy Alonso (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SPAIN/
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March 02, 2014
ATTENTION EDITORS: SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN
A...
LUZON, Spain
A boy looks as men dressed as "Diablos de Luzon" (Luzon Devils) pose for a portrait during carnival celebrations...
ATTENTION EDITORS: SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN
A boy looks as men dressed as "Diablos de Luzon" (Luzon Devils) pose for a portrait during carnival celebrations in the Spanish village of Luzon March 1, 2014. The "Diablos" cover themselves in a mixture of soot and oil and adorn their heads with black stained bull horns as they parade throughout the village with cowbells clanging around their waist to expel the evil spirits. To make their appearance even more fearsome the devils often carry fake teeth made out of raw potatoes. They dance around Luzon and smear their black grease on revellers faces. The only people free from the attack of the "Diablos" are those who dress up as "Mascaritas". They are characters dressed in traditional women clothing with their faces covered with a white cloth. To the beat of traditional music the "Diablos" and the "Mascaritas" parade throughout the village in the afternoon in this carnival tradition that is thought to have pre-Christian origins. Picture taken March 1, 2014. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY)
SPAIN/
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February 23, 2014
Majorettes take part in a parade during the carnival of Malaga, southern Spain February 23, 2014. The...
Malaga, Spain
Majorettes take part in a parade during the carnival of Malaga
Majorettes take part in a parade during the carnival of Malaga, southern Spain February 23, 2014. The carnival will run until March 2. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY)
ITALY
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February 23, 2014
Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 23, 2014....
Venice, Italy
Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice
Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri (ITALY - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
FRANCE/
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February 16, 2014
A float that portrays French President Francois Hollande sitting on cheeses makes it way through the...
Nice, France
A float that portrays French President Francois Hollande makes it way through the crowd during the Carnival...
A float that portrays French President Francois Hollande sitting on cheeses makes it way through the crowd during the Carnival parade in Nice February 15, 2014. The 130th Carnival of Nice runs to March 4 and celebrates the "King of Gastronomy". REUTERS/Olivier Anrigo (FRANCE - Tags: TRAVEL SOCIETY)
GERMANY/
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March 03, 2014
A carnival float with a papier-mache caricature of Russian President Vladimir Putin flexing his muscle...
Duesseldorf, Germany
A carnival float with papier-mache figure of Russian President Putin takes part in traditional Rose Monday...
A carnival float with a papier-mache caricature of Russian President Vladimir Putin flexing his muscle with the word 'Crimea' written on it, takes part in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf March 3, 2014. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GERMANY/
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February 27, 2014
Women dressed in costumes for "Weiberfastnacht" (Women's Carnival) walk past a shop of Louis Vuitton...
Cologne, Germany
Women dressed in costumes for "Weiberfastnacht" (Women's Carnival) walk past a shop of Louis Vuitton...
Women dressed in costumes for "Weiberfastnacht" (Women's Carnival) walk past a shop of Louis Vuitton in Cologne February 27, 2014. Women's Carnival marks the start of a week of street festivals, the highlight of the
event being "Rosenmontag" (Rose Monday), the final day of the carnival where mass processions are held. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)
GERMANY
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March 03, 2014
A carnival reveller swings around a long wooden stick and performs a vault - the so-called “Fools Jump”...
Rottweil, Germany
A carnival reveller vaults on his pole during the traditional "Narrensprung" Fastnacht procession of...
A carnival reveller swings around a long wooden stick and performs a vault - the so-called “Fools Jump” - during the traditional folklore “Narrensprung” (“Fools’ Procession”) on Rose Monday in the Black Forrest town of Rottweil in south-western Germany March 3, 2014. The “Narrensprung” dating back to the early 14th century, is part of the Swabian-Alemannic “Fastnacht”. Some 3500 participants dressed in their handmade costumes and wooden masks perform their precarious vaults across the cobblestones of the medieval town of Rottweil during the annual procession. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
POLAND/
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March 04, 2014
Revellers take part in a traditional last-day-of-carnival event called "Kusaki" in Jedlinsk, near Radom...
JEDLINSK, Poland
Revellers take part in a traditional last-day-of-carnival event called "Kusaki" in Jedlinsk
Revellers take part in a traditional last-day-of-carnival event called "Kusaki" in Jedlinsk, near Radom March 4, 2014. 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 organisers. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: SOCIETY)
SERBIA/
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March 02, 2014
A boy wearing a mask jumps over a fire during Bele Poklade carnival celebrations in the village of Lozovik,...
LOZOVIK, Serbia
Boy wearing a mask jumps over a fire during Bele Poklade carnival celebrations in the village of Lozovik...
A boy wearing a mask jumps over a fire during Bele Poklade carnival celebrations in the village of Lozovik, some 100 km (62 miles) from the capital Belgrade, March 2, 2014. Bele Poklade has its roots in old pagan customs and is marked annually seven weeks before Easter. Children walk through the village to collect eggs, and at the end they jump over a fire to banish evil demons. REUTERS/Marko Djurica (SERBIA - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-MARDIGRAS/
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March 04, 2014
A reveler parades through the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 4, 2014....
New Orleans, UNITED STATES
A reveler parades through the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans
A reveler parades through the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AUSTRALIA/
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March 01, 2014
Surf lifesavers rush to the audience during the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, March...
Sydney, Australia
Surf lifesavers rush to the audience during the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade
Surf lifesavers rush to the audience during the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, March 1, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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