Mardi Gras / Carnival 2012

A reveller of the Portela samba school...
A reveller of the Portela samba school...
A reveller of the Portela samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/Vanderlei ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed in a traditional folk cost...
A man dressed in a traditional folk cost...
A man dressed in a traditional folk costume adjusts his hat during the traditional Czech Masopust carnival, on February 4, 2012, near the east Bohemian city of Pardubice. Every year in mid-winter, villages throughout the Czech Republic celebrate Masopust. The festival marks the beginning of Lent, and is the equivalent of Mardi Gras in Latin America or Carnival in Catholic parts of Europe. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Men and children dressed in traditional
Men and children dressed in traditional
Men and children dressed in traditional folk costumes take part in the traditional Czech Masopust carnival, on February 4, 2012, near the east Bohemian city of Pardubice. Every year in mid-winter, villages throughout the Czech Republic celebrate Masopust. The festival marks the beginning of Lent, and is the equivalent of Mardi Gras in Latin America or Carnival in Catholic parts of Europe. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras float in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
2012 Krewe Of Bacchus Parade
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: A Mardi Gras Flambeau carrier marches in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
US singer Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd
US singer Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd
US singer Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd as she attends the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school da
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school da
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Portela samba school perfor
Revellers of Portela samba school perfor
Revellers of Portela samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school da
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school da
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of the Portela samba school pe
Revellers of the Portela samba school pe
Revellers of the Portela samba school perform during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/Vanderlei ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinens
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinens
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school perform during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinens
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinens
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school perform during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinens
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinens
Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school perform during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinen
A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinen
A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd
US singer Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd
US singer Jennifer Lopez waves to the crowd as she attends the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Portela samba school perfor
Revellers of Portela samba school perfor
Revellers of Portela samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
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A reveller of Imperatriz samba school pe
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school performs on a float during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school da
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school da
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school si
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school si
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school sings and dances on a float during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school pe
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school pe
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school performs during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Jennifer Lopez sends a kiss to the crowd
US singer Jennifer Lopez sends a kiss to the crowd
US singer Jennifer Lopez sends a kiss to the crowd as she attends the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school pe
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school pe
A reveller of Imperatriz samba school performs on a float during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinen
A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinen
A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Mocidade samba school danc
A reveller of Mocidade samba school danc
A reveller of Mocidade samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Mocidade samba school danc
A reveller of Mocidade samba school danc
A reveller of Mocidade samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Mocidade samba school dance
Revellers of Mocidade samba school dance
Revellers of Mocidade samba school dance during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Jennifer Lopez salutes as she attends carnival
US singer Jennifer Lopez salutes as she attends carnival
US singer Jennifer Lopez salutes as she attends the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Porto da Pedra samba school
Revellers of Porto da Pedra samba school
Revellers of Porto da Pedra samba school cheer before parading during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba schoo
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba schoo
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba schoo
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba schoo
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba schoo
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba schoo
A reveller of Porto da Pedra samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A float of Beija-Flor samba school parad
A float of Beija-Flor samba school parad
A float of Beija-Flor samba school parades during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school da
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school da
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school da
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school da
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school da
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school da
A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Vila Isabel samba school p
A reveller of Vila Isabel samba school p
A reveller of Vila Isabel samba school performs during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Vila Isabel samba school pe
Revellers of Vila Isabel samba school pe
Revellers of Vila Isabel samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of the Beija Flor samba school
Revellers of the Beija Flor samba school
Revellers of the Beija Flor samba school perform at the Sambadrome during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed carnival parades on February 20, 2012. The night parades in Rio's hallowed Sambadrome marked the high point of the pre-Lent bacchanalian Carnival festival, which is bringing this racially diverse country of 191 million people, virtually to a stop. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Mangueira samba school che
A reveller of Mangueira samba school che
A reveller of Mangueira samba school cheers during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Mangueira samba school perf
Revellers of Mangueira samba school perf
Revellers of Mangueira samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Mangueira samba school per
A reveller of Mangueira samba school per
A reveller of Mangueira samba school performs during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Mangueira samba school per
A reveller of Mangueira samba school per
A reveller of Mangueira samba school performs during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveler of the Estacao Primeira de Man
A reveler of the Estacao Primeira de Man
A reveler of the Estacao Primeira de Mangueira samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 21, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revelers of the Estacao Primeira de Mang
Revelers of the Estacao Primeira de Mang
Revelers of the Estacao Primeira de Mangueira samba school perform atop a float during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 21, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Mangueira samba school per
A reveller of Mangueira samba school per
A reveller of Mangueira samba school performs during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba scho
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba scho
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba scho
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba scho
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform on a float during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba scho
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba scho
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba scho
Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba scho
Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school perform with Brazilian national flags during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school dan
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school dan
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school dan
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school dan
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school che
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school che
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school cheers on a float during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school per
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school per
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school performs on a float during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school ges
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school ges
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school gestures during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school per
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school per
A reveller of Salgueiro samba school performs on a float during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro
Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro
Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school perform during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveler of the Academicos do Salgueiro
A reveler of the Academicos do Salgueiro
A reveler of the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school performs atop a float during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro
Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro
Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school perform atop a float during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Salgueiro samba school danc
Revellers of Salgueiro samba school danc
Revellers of Salgueiro samba school dance during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early on February 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Uniao da Ilha samba school
A reveller of Uniao da Ilha samba school
A reveller of Uniao da Ilha samba school smiles next to a mask during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Sao Clemente samba school d
Revellers of Sao Clemente samba school d
Revellers of Sao Clemente samba school dance during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba scho
Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba scho
Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveler of the Uniao da Ilha samba sch
A reveler of the Uniao da Ilha samba sch
A reveler of the Uniao da Ilha samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveler of the Uniao da Ilha samba sch
A reveler of the Uniao da Ilha samba sch
A reveler of the Uniao da Ilha samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
View of a float of the Sao Clemente samb
View of a float of the Sao Clemente samb
View of a float of the Sao Clemente samba school perform during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Revelers of the Sao Clemente samba schoo
Revelers of the Sao Clemente samba schoo
Revelers of the Sao Clemente samba school perform during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school smiles after parading during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Sao Clemente samba school d
Revellers of Sao Clemente samba school d
Revellers of Sao Clemente samba school dance during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveler of the Sao Clemente samba scho
A reveler of the Sao Clemente samba scho
A reveler of the Sao Clemente samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school smiles after parading during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets
Carnival fools celebrate in the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
MAINZ, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: Carnival performers smile during the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Mainz, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)
A float featuring Iranian President Mahm
A float featuring Iranian President Mahm
A float featuring Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lighting a stick of dynamite reading "Atomic program" makes its way through the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A float featuring Campino the singer of
A float featuring Campino the singer of
A float featuring Campino the singer of german rock band Toten Hosen rescuing Duesseldorf?s hockey club DEG makes its way through the streets of Duesseldorf during the traditional Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012. Carnival goers mainly in the Rhine region traditionally celebrate the highlight procession on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The season ends with Ash Wednesday on February 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: A carnival float showing president of the U.S. Barack Obama as comic hero figure 'Captain America' displaying U.S. financial crisis attends the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school warms up before parading during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school warms up before parading during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Dancers take part in the third day of ca
Dancers take part in the third day of ca
Dancers take part in the third day of carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 20, 2012. Barranquilla's carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school performs during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Dancers take part in the third day of ca
Dancers take part in the third day of ca
Dancers take part in the third day of carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 20, 2012. Barranquilla's Carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveler performs during the third day
A reveler performs during the third day
A reveler performs during the third day of carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 20, 2012. Barranquilla's carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A float of Sao Clemente samba school par
A float of Sao Clemente samba school par
A float of Sao Clemente samba school parades in front of spectators during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Sao Clemente samba school
Members of the Sao Clemente samba school
Members of the Sao Clemente samba school perform during the Samba Scholls parade's second night, at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 20, 2012. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on the eve in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
A dancer performs during the third day o
A dancer performs during the third day o
A dancer performs during the third day of parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 20, 2012. Barranquilla's carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school
A reveller of Sao Clemente samba school dances during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba sch
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba sch
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school perform during the first night of Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 20, 2012. The night parades in Rio's hallowed Sambadrome marked the high point of the pre-Lent bacchanalian Carnival festival, which is bringing this racially diverse country of 191 million people, virtually to a stop. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: Carnival revelers arrive for the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
MAINZ, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: Carnival performers smile during the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Mainz, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
Rose Monday Is Highpoint Of Carnival Season
COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: Carnival revelers accompany a float in the Rose Monday parade on February 20, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday, and is celebrated in cities throughout the Rhine region of western Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
A reveller of Renascer samba school danc
A reveller of Renascer samba school danc
A reveller of Renascer samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A girl gets her makeup beforethe start o
A girl gets her makeup beforethe start o
A girl gets her makeup beforethe start of the second day parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 19, 2012. Barranquilla's Carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man puts on makeup as "Son de Negro" b
A man puts on makeup as "Son de Negro" b
A man puts on makeup as "Son de Negro" before the second day parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 19, 2012. Barranquilla's Carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman gets her makeup done before the
A woman gets her makeup done before the
A woman gets her makeup done before the second day parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 19, 2012. Barranquilla's Carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A men dressed as "Death" dances during t
A men dressed as "Death" dances during t
A men dressed as "Death" dances during the second day parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 19, 2012. Barranquilla's Carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Renascer samba school danc
A reveller of Renascer samba school danc
A reveller of Renascer samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
A reveller of Renascer samba school danc
A reveller of Renascer samba school danc
A reveller of Renascer samba school dances during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in the parade of the 12
People take part in the parade of the 12
People take part in the parade of the 128th Nice carnival, on February 19, 2012 in Nice, southeastern France, celebrating the "King of Sport", with some 20 floats and running until March 04, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Revellers of Renascer samba school get r
Revellers of Renascer samba school get r
Revellers of Renascer samba school get ready before parading during the first night of carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Men dresed as "Congos" play music before
Men dresed as "Congos" play music before
Men dresed as "Congos" play music before a carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia on February 19, 2012. Barranquilla's Carnival, a tradition cretaed by locals at the end of the 19th century as a response and to parody the celebration held by European immigrants and aristocracy, was declared a "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by the UNESCO in 2003. AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)
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