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Brazilian Carnival 2014, Part 2

140 Brazilian Carnival 2014, Part 2
A reveller of the Mangueira samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters)

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Brazilian Carnival 2014

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Women wearing body paint dance at the “Rua do Mercado” band Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, February 27. The women said they were topless to defend the right of women to be topless on Rio’s beaches, as they joined one of many parades before the official start of Carnival on February 28. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)

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Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

“The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spanish: Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife) is held each February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the largest of the Canary Islands, and attracts people from all over the world. It is considered the second-most popular and internationally-known carnival, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Partially for this reason, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The festivities on the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife start on the Friday before Carnival with an opening parade, which reaches its height during the night when thousands of people in fancy dresses dance until the early hours of the next day. The party continues night after night until Ash Wednesday. That day, people of Santa Cruz de Tenerife celebrate the “entierro de la sardina” (burial of the sardine), and with this event the carnival is officially over. However, the party starts up again the following weekend, known as the weekend of the piñata.

The festival has two parts: the official Carnival, and the Carnival on the street. The official carnival has more than a hundred groups, including murgas, comparsas, rondallas and other musical groups. The street carnival is more loosely organized, and comprises the people celebrating on the streets. Thousands of people come each day to the streets to participate, most of whom wear a disguise in accordance with Carnival tradition”. – Wikipedia

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Nominee Amanda Perdomo (L) prepares at backstage for her performance before she was elected as Queen of the 2013 Santa Cruz carnival on February 26, 2014 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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Beijing Pants Run

1267 Beijing Pants Run
This picture taken on February 23, 2014 shows participants wearing dresses running half-naked in the annual 3.5 km Undie Run held in the Olympic Forest Park smog-covered Beijing. Some 200 participants took part in this event, many of them with gas masks, as dangerous smog blighted swathes of northern China in recent days. (Photo by AFP Photo/STR)

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Lemon Festival in Menton, France

In this Gallic celebration of all things citrus, giant sculptures are made from lemons and oranges.

1181 Lemon Festival in Menton, France
A worker sets up an octopus made with lemons and oranges during the 81st Lemon Festival in Menton, southeastern France, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The theme this year is "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" from the classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870. This exhibition involves more than 300 professionals working on the project and 145 tons of citrus fruits.Photo: (Photo: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

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5000 Brides and Grooms Marry in Mass Wedding Ceremony

1157 5000 Brides and Grooms Marry in Mass Wedding Ceremony
A bride talks on the phone during a mass wedding ceremony of the Unification Church at Cheongshim Peace World Centre in Gapyeong, about 60 km (37 miles) northeast of Seoul February 12, 2014. The Unification Church founded by evangelist reverend Moon Sun-myung in Seoul in 1954, performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples. Approximately 2,500 couples attended the mass wedding on Wednesday. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

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Chocolate Fashion Show in Brussels

010 Chocolate Fashion Show in Brussels
Chocolate-lovers have gathered for the first Salon du Chocolat fashion show and festival in Brussels. The festival takes place in 19 cities worldwide, but this year marks the first Salon du Chocolat in Brussels. The main feature of the festival was a fashion show, where chefs and designers collaborated to create chocolate outfits. Salon du Chocolat describes itself as “the world’s biggest event dedicated to chocolate”. More than 90 chocolatiers, including international chocolate powerhouses Godiva and Neuhaus, each have booths at Brussels’s Tour et Taxis. (Photos by Farrukh Younus/

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WWII Landings Re-enacted in Italy on 70th Anniversary

Anzio, Italy. Soldiers waded onto a beach, fighter planes flew overhead and jeeps filed along the seaside at Anzio in Italy this weekend as the resort town marks the 70th anniversary of Allied landings during World War II. Thousands of American, British and Canadian troops lost their lives in and around Anzio, after months of trench warfare, led to the liberation of Rome from the Nazis. The battle for Anzio dragged on until June 1944. Seven thousand soldiers were confirmed killed on the Allied side and 5,000 on the German, with tens of thousands more reported wounded or missing in action.

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A volunteer wearing the uniform of the U.S. army participates in the re-enactment of a World War Two landing to mark its 70th anniversary in Anzio, near Rome, January 25, 2014. (Photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

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Bunnies on Parade to Celebrate 60 Years of Playboy

1245 Bunnies on Parade to Celebrate 60 Years of Playboy
Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole attends the Playboy’s 60th Anniversary Celebration with 60 bunnies bus tour Starting at the Playboy World Headquarters on January 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

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Star Wars’ Studio Opens Singapore Production Facility

US entertainment giant Lucasfilm inaugurated its first overseas production complex on Thursday in Singapore, which will tap Asian talent to support future “Star Wars” movies and other projects. Founder George Lucas and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong attended the opening of the seven-storey building — called “Sandcrawler” after a large treaded vehicle in the original “Star Wars” movie — in a high-tech industrial park. The new building will also house sports broadcaster ESPN Asia-Pacific as well as the Southeast Asian operations of Walt Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. (AP)

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An entertainer dressed as Darth Vader from “Star Wars” walks down the corridor to pose for the media during the opening of Lucasfilm’s new animation production facility, the Sandcrawler, in Singapore January 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)

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The Global ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ 2014

1158 The Global No Pants Subway Ride 2014
The annual ‘No Pants Subway Ride’, which involves wearing no trousers on the underground, has seen commuters around the globe stripping off on public transport. Pictures of people in their underwear have been streaming in from across the world, with cities such as London, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong and Sydney taking part. The event begun as a joke in 2002 when New York acting group Improv Everywhere decided to shock members of the public by taking off their trousers.

A statement on their website said: ‘The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year.’

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Indian Teenager has the World’s Biggest Collection of Pencils

165 Indian Teenager has the Worlds Biggest Collection of Pencils
Many are happy to collect stamps, coins or key rings – but not this stationery-mad teenager. Tushar Lakhanpal, 15, from New Delhi, India, claims to own more than 14,000 pencils in different shapes and sizes from 40 countries around the world. Included in his collection, which he believes could be world record breaking, is a gold-plated implement and two pencils, stored in an ornate box, thought to have been owned and used by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Polar Bear Dips

134 Polar Bear Dips
Polar Bear club swimmers take their annual swim in the sea at Coney Island in New York City on January 1, 2014. (Photo by Curtis Means/ACE/

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New Year Celebrations Around the World

12 New Year Celebrations Around the World
A woman holds a champagne bottle during New Year’s celebrations in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Tens of thousands of Romanians took to the streets of the Romanian capital to join parties and watch fireworks. (Photo by Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo)

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Christmas Around the World

1083 Christmas Around the World
Employees dressed as Santa Claus perform as part of a shopping mall’s Christmas celebrations in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. (Photo by Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo)

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