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More From Carnival 2012

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So many great photographs from this year's Carnival Season have been appearing that I just had to feature more of them today, including scenes from New Orleans, Spain, Germany, and Brazil. Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and Carnival celebrations have now come to a close. 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. In Rio this weekend, millions took to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. [Also, don't miss Part 1 of Carnival 2012] [41 photos]

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Dancers of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade on a huge float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Dancers of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade on a huge float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Revelers participate in a masked ball during the "Carnival of All Colors" in Maragojipe city, northeastern Brazil, on February 21, 2012. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) #
A masked participant during celebrations of the "Carnival of All Colors" in Maragojipe city, Brazil, on February 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) #
Masked party-goers share a moment during the "Carnival of All Colors" in Maragojipe city, on February 21, 2012. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) #
People watch as a masked reveler take part in the "Carnival of All Colors" in Maragojipe city, on February 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) #
Crowds congregate on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans, on Friday, February 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) #
Actor and comedian Will Ferrell tosses beads and doubloons to fans as he reigns as King of Bacchus in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade, on February 19, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Skip Bolen/Getty Images) #
A member of the Kolossus performance troupe rides a converted bicycle during the Orpheus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 20, 2012. (Reuters/Lee Celano) #
The Ambassador float makes its way down Jackson Avenue, on February 21, 2012 in New Orleans. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, John McCusker) #
Fleambeaux Carriers march alongside the Captain's float in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, on February 20, 2012.(AP Photo/Bill Haber) #
A couple costumed in horse masks dance on Bourbon Street as part of the Mardi Gras celebrations in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 20, 2012. (Reuters/Lee Celano) #
Actress Mariska Hargitay rides in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, on Monday, February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) #
The Rex Parade moves through the central business district of New Orleans, on February 21, 2012. This is the last day of the Mardi Gras celebration ending at midnight, after a day long celebration of parades, marching groups and people in costumes. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) #
People throw talcum powder at one another as they take part in the carnival "Los Indianos" (the Indians) in Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the Spanish Canary island of Las Palma, on February 20, 2012. (Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images) #
A sculpture of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy burns in a bonfire during the Carnival celebrations in Vigo, northwestern Spain, on February 21, 2012. (Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images) #
A child blows a kiss during the carnival parade in Torres Vedras, Portugal, on February 21, 2012. The Portuguese government's attempt to make people work more by scrapping the traditional Carnival holiday has flopped as most companies and public services shut down despite an economic crisis. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco) #
"Gilles" in traditional costume parade during the carnival in the streets of Binche, Belgium, on February 21, 2012, during Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras). The Binche Carnival tradition is one of the most ancient and as representative of Wallonia, was inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. (Benoit Doppagne/AFP/Getty Images) #
Parade floats make their way through the Mardi Gras parade in downtown Crested Butte, Colorado, on Fat Tuesday, February 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Nathan Bilow) #
Musicians dressed for carnival perform at the Luzern-Carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland, on February 16, 2012. The history of Lucerne's carnival can be traced back over more than 600 years and is best known for its individually hand-crafted masks and costumes paraded in the town's streets and squares by thousands of revellers during the three-day carnival festival. (Reuters/Michael Buholzer) #
Musicians dressed for carnival perform at the start of the Luzern-Carnival in Lucerne in the early morning hours of February 16, 2012. (Reuters/Michael Buholzer) #
Ben wears a "King Frog" costume as he attends the traditional Rose Monday street carnival parade in Mainz, Germany, on February 20, 2012. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) #
A scary musician holds some flowers during the traditional carnival parade in Cologne, Germany, on February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) #
A masquerader participates in the Jouvert celebrations, a revellery of music, mud and paint which marks the start of the two-day Trinidad Carnival street parade, in the capital city Port of Spain, on February 20, 2012. (Reuters/Andrea De Silva) #
A member of Mohacs Busok (Mask-people from Mohacs town) steps out from their local base on February 21, 2012 prior to their carnival masquerade. The Busojaras (Hungarian, meaning "Buso-walking") is an annual celebration of the Sokci (Croatians) living in the town of Mohacs, Hungary, held at the end of the Carnival season and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration features Busos and includes folk music, masquerading, parades and dancing. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images) #
A reveler wearing sheepfur costume with horns and a mask stands by a bonfire as revelers burn a coffin symbolizing winter during the traditional carnival parade of the town of Mohacs, on February 19, 2012. (AP Photo/MTI, Ferenc Kalmandy) #
A masked reveller participates in the traditional Buso Carnival in Mohacs, on February 19, 2012. The carnival parade of busos dressed in similar costumes and frightening wooden masks, using various noisy wooden rattlers is traditionally held on the seventh weekend before Easter to drive away winter, and is a revival of a legend, which says the ethnic Croats crossed the river to ambush the Osmanli Turkish troops, who escaped in panic seeing the terrifying figures during the Turkish occupation of Hungary. (Reuters/Bernadett Szabo) #
The Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #
People cheer from the stands as the Salgueiro samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #
A reveller from the Sao Clemente samba school takes part in a parade on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, on February 20, 2012. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes) #
Members of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school dressed as birds perform on a float during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 21, 2012. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Grande Rio samba school parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #
Members from the of Salgueiro samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
Dancers from the Salgueiro samba school take part in a parade on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, on February 20, 2012. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes) #
Revelers cheer at the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," at the Aterro do Flamengo urban park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 20, 2012. The group that organizes the party gives the Beatles repertoire a Brazilian tweak, adapting "All My Loving" to the peppy beat of a traditional Carnival "marchinha," or march, and infusing "Hard Day's Night" with a Rio funk sound. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri) #
A dancer of Mangueira samba school dances on a giant float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
A topless dancer of the Salgueiro samba school parades on a carnival float at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) #
Revelers from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school perform during the second night of Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 21, 2012. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images) #
Dancers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parade in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on February 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) #
Women dance during the carnival gay and lesbian ball at the Jockey Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #
Revelers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, on February 21, 2012. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes) #
A dancer from the 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. The processions were held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images) #

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