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<p>Revellers of Portela samba school dance during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

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Revellers of Portela samba school dance during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Revellers of Portela samba school dance during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009.

REUTERS/Fernando Soutello</p>

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

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<p>Revellers from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Fernando Soutello </p>

Revellers from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

Revellers from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

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<p>A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school dances atop a float during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 23, 2009.    

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school dances atop a float during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A reveller of Beija-Flor samba school dances atop a float during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Revellers from the Tom Maior samba school parade during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 20, 2009. 

REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker </p>

Revellers from the Tom Maior samba school parade during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 20, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Revellers from the Tom Maior samba school parade during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 20, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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<p>A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Bruno Domingos </p>

A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>A float belonging to Mangueira samba school passes close to spectators during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Bruno Domingos</p>

A float belonging to Mangueira samba school passes close to spectators during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

A float belonging to Mangueira samba school passes close to spectators during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>A woman performs during the Carnival in Cadiz, Spain, February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo </p>

A woman performs during the Carnival in Cadiz, Spain, February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

A woman performs during the Carnival in Cadiz, Spain, February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

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<p>The float of Queen Carnival parades during the 125th edition of the carnival in Nice February 15, 2009. 

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard </p>

The float of Queen Carnival parades during the 125th edition of the carnival in Nice February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The float of Queen Carnival parades during the 125th edition of the carnival in Nice February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>A reveller from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

A reveller from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A reveller from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>A reveller of Viradouro samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

A reveller of Viradouro samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A reveller of Viradouro samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>An entertainer performs at a children show during the Carnival celebrations in Caracas February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Alejandro Rustom</p>

An entertainer performs at a children show during the Carnival celebrations in Caracas February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Alejandro Rustom

An entertainer performs at a children show during the Carnival celebrations in Caracas February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Alejandro Rustom

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<p>A carnival float shows a papier-mache figure representing Uncle Sam who is overwhelmed by crashing skyscrapers of the three U.S. carmakers during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Cologne February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Alex Grimm </p>

A carnival float shows a papier-mache figure representing Uncle Sam who is overwhelmed by crashing skyscrapers of the three U.S. carmakers during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Cologne February 23, 2009....more

A carnival float shows a papier-mache figure representing Uncle Sam who is overwhelmed by crashing skyscrapers of the three U.S. carmakers during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Cologne February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Alex Grimm

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<p>A masked reveller stands near St Mark's square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 14, 2009.  

REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi </p>

A masked reveller stands near St Mark's square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A masked reveller stands near St Mark's square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 14, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>Revellers carry giant figures during the Carnival parade in Olinda, northeastern Brazil February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Leo Caldas</p>

Revellers carry giant figures during the Carnival parade in Olinda, northeastern Brazil February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Leo Caldas

Revellers carry giant figures during the Carnival parade in Olinda, northeastern Brazil February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Leo Caldas

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<p>A reveller of Portela samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Fernando Soutello </p>

A reveller of Portela samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

A reveller of Portela samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

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<p>A reveller of Portela samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Bruno Domingos </p>

A reveller of Portela samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

A reveller of Portela samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>A carnival reveller takes part in the traditional Rose Monday street carnival parade in Mainz, February 23, 2009.  The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.  

REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach </p>

A carnival reveller takes part in the traditional Rose Monday street carnival parade in Mainz, February 23, 2009. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. REUTERS/Kai...more

A carnival reveller takes part in the traditional Rose Monday street carnival parade in Mainz, February 23, 2009. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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<p>Participants perform during a parade of Carnaval de Barranquilla in Colombia February 22, 2009.  

REUTERS/John Vizcaino</p>

Participants perform during a parade of Carnaval de Barranquilla in Colombia February 22, 2009. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

Participants perform during a parade of Carnaval de Barranquilla in Colombia February 22, 2009. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

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<p>Revellers stand next to a carnival float with a large papier-mache figure of a gun as Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with 'freedom of press' written on it, is pictured during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Ina Fassbender </p>

Revellers stand next to a carnival float with a large papier-mache figure of a gun as Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with 'freedom of press' written on it, is pictured during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf...more

Revellers stand next to a carnival float with a large papier-mache figure of a gun as Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, with 'freedom of press' written on it, is pictured during the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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<p>Revellers from Salgueiro samba school ride atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Revellers from Salgueiro samba school ride atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Revellers from Salgueiro samba school ride atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>A reveller from the Salgueiro samba school rides atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Bruno Domingos</p>

A reveller from the Salgueiro samba school rides atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

A reveller from the Salgueiro samba school rides atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>A reveller from Perola Negra samba school parades during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 22, 2009. 

REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker </p>

A reveller from Perola Negra samba school parades during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

A reveller from Perola Negra samba school parades during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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<p>Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Bruno Domingos </p>

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>A man covered in oil parades in the J'ouvert street party during the Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A man covered in oil parades in the J'ouvert street party during the Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A man covered in oil parades in the J'ouvert street party during the Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Revellers of Vila Isabel samba school dance during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 22, 2009.  

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Revellers of Vila Isabel samba school dance during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Revellers of Vila Isabel samba school dance during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Drum Queen Juliane Almeida of Viradouro samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Drum Queen Juliane Almeida of Viradouro samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Drum Queen Juliane Almeida of Viradouro samba school dances during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>A child takes part in the annual carnival in the town of La Vega February 22, 2009. 

REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz </p>

A child takes part in the annual carnival in the town of La Vega February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

A child takes part in the annual carnival in the town of La Vega February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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<p>A crowd looks at a float featuring U.S. President Barack Obama (front) and former president George W. Bush during the Torres Vedras village carnival parade February 22, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro </p>

A crowd looks at a float featuring U.S. President Barack Obama (front) and former president George W. Bush during the Torres Vedras village carnival parade February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

A crowd looks at a float featuring U.S. President Barack Obama (front) and former president George W. Bush during the Torres Vedras village carnival parade February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

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<p>Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Fernando Soutello </p>

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

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<p>Carnival revellers gather in a street of Laza during a flour fight in Spain's north-western village of Laza February 23, 2009. The carnival lasts a week and is considered a major social and cultural event in Laza. 

REUTERS/Miguel Vidal </p>

Carnival revellers gather in a street of Laza during a flour fight in Spain's north-western village of Laza February 23, 2009. The carnival lasts a week and is considered a major social and cultural event in Laza. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Carnival revellers gather in a street of Laza during a flour fight in Spain's north-western village of Laza February 23, 2009. The carnival lasts a week and is considered a major social and cultural event in Laza. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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<p>A reveller performs during a parade at the Barranquilla carnival in Colombia February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/John Vizcaino </p>

A reveller performs during a parade at the Barranquilla carnival in Colombia February 23, 2009. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

A reveller performs during a parade at the Barranquilla carnival in Colombia February 23, 2009. REUTERS/John Vizcaino

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<p>A reveller is painted green at the J'ouvert street party during a Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A reveller is painted green at the J'ouvert street party during a Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A reveller is painted green at the J'ouvert street party during a Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Rival teams pelt each other with oranges during an annual Carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea February 22, 2009. 

REUTERS/Chris Helgren    </p>

Rival teams pelt each other with oranges during an annual Carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Rival teams pelt each other with oranges during an annual Carnival battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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<p>Children dance to traditional "socca" music as they perform during a children Carnival parade in Port-of-Spain February 22, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

Children dance to traditional "socca" music as they perform during a children Carnival parade in Port-of-Spain February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Children dance to traditional "socca" music as they perform during a children Carnival parade in Port-of-Spain February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>A reveller from Imperio Serrano samba school participates in the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 22, 2009.  

REUTERS/Bruno Domingos </p>

A reveller from Imperio Serrano samba school participates in the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

A reveller from Imperio Serrano samba school participates in the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos

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<p>Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Fernando Soutello </p>

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

Revellers of Viradouro samba school dance atop a float during the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, early February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Fernando Soutello

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<p>A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school gets ready before the start of the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. 

REUTERS/Daryan Dornelles </p>

A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school gets ready before the start of the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Daryan Dornelles

A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school gets ready before the start of the second night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 23, 2009. REUTERS/Daryan Dornelles

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<p>Masked revellers stand near the columns in St. Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 13, 2009. 

REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi  </p>

Masked revellers stand near the columns in St. Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Masked revellers stand near the columns in St. Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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<p>A reveller from Tom Maior samba school parades during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 20, 2009. 

REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker </p>

A reveller from Tom Maior samba school parades during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 20, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

A reveller from Tom Maior samba school parades during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 20, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

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<p>A reveller in a mask participates in the traditional carnival celebrations in Guaranda February 22, 2009. 

REUTERS/Guillermo Granja </p>

A reveller in a mask participates in the traditional carnival celebrations in Guaranda February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

A reveller in a mask participates in the traditional carnival celebrations in Guaranda February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja

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<p>A worker puts final touches on a carnival character representing the face of "the King of Mascarade", star of the 125th Nice's Carnival February 9, 2009.   

REUTERS/Eric Gaillard </p>

A worker puts final touches on a carnival character representing the face of "the King of Mascarade", star of the 125th Nice's Carnival February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A worker puts final touches on a carnival character representing the face of "the King of Mascarade", star of the 125th Nice's Carnival February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Revellers from Gavioes Fiel samba school parade during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL)</p>

Revellers from Gavioes Fiel samba school parade during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL)

Revellers from Gavioes Fiel samba school parade during the carnival in Sao Paulo February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL)

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<p>A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. 

REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A reveller takes part in a parade during Carnival in Port-of-Spain February 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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