Carnival Of Venice 2016

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Masked revellers take pictures during the Venice Carnival, Italy January 29, 2016. People attended the Venice Carnival, celebrated Saturday under heightened security following the sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne and the ongoing terror threat in Europe. Authorities have increased surveillance throughout the city, including the number of officers on patrol, both under-cover and in uniform. (Photos by Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters) Continue reading »

The Dark Carnival Comes To Town

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The forgotten souls of a once vibrant community now haunt the forest, their clothes tattered, their spirits almost vacant, Their routines so engrained in their memories they still perform, subconsciously to an audience of trees. The big top tents taken down, rotted, decayed and lost to the mists of time…. Continue reading »

Carnival in Brazil 2015, Part 3

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A performer from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, February 17, 2015. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)
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Carnival in Brazil 2015, Part 2

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A reveller from the Mangueira samba school participates in the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, February 15, 2015. (Photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters)
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Carnival in Brazil 2015, Part 1

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A reveller from the Alegria da Zona Sul samba school takes part in the Group A category of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, February 14, 2015. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)
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The Annual Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago

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Ryan Sooknanan portraying “Phoenix” performs in the Junior Carnival King competition put on by the National Carnival Commission at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, February 13, 2015. Picture taken February 13, 2015. (Photo by Andrea De Silva/Reuters)
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“Bloco da Lama” – A Traditional Mud Carnival Party in Brazil

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A woman, covered in mud, dances during the traditional “Bloco da Lama” or “Mud Block” carnival party, in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, February 14, 2015. Revelers in the seaside colonial town threw themselves into deposits of black, mineral-rich slime, emerging covered head-to-toe in the sludge. Bikinis and trunks disappeared beneath the mud, which highlights both gym-pumped pectorals and beer-fed guts. (Photo by Leo Correa/AP Photo)
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“Weiberfastnacht” – Women’s Carnival in Germany

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Women dressed in costumes for “Weiberfastnacht” (Women’s Carnival) celebrate in Cologne February 12, 2015. 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. (Photo by Ina Fassbender/Reuters)
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Carnival Expectation in Brazil

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Revelers dance during the “Ceu na Terra”, or Heaven on earth, carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, February 7, 2015. Rio’s over-the-top Carnival is the highlight of the year for many local residents. Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers are beginning to take to the streets in open-air “blocos” parties. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)
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2015 Annual Carnival in Venice, Italy

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A reveller poses on a gondola in a Venice canal near St. Mark’s square February 7, 2015. The Venetian carnival started on January 31 and runs until February 17, forty days before Easter celebrations. (Photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)
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Color Madness: Jember Fashion Carnival in Indonesia

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Models showcase a design on the catwalk during the eighth Jember Fashion Carnival on August 2, 2009 in Jember, East Java, Indonesia. World Unity was the theme for this year’s carnival, which featured more than 400 models parading along Jember’s longest street. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
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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

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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) Continue reading »

“Bloco da Lama” (‘Mud Block’) Carnival in Brazil

"Bloco da Lama" ('Mud Block') Carnival in Brazil

Revelers participate in the traditional Bloco da Lama (Mud block) carnival in Parati, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, on February 9, 2013. The event, which was begun by two men in a playful manner in 1986, has now become a traditional carnival in which participants disguised as primitives with rags, lianas or skulls and bones, dive in the mud. (Photos by Victor Moriyama/AFP Photo) Continue reading »

Oruro Carnival 2012: Bolivian Streets Witness Folk Dance, Colorful Parades

Oruro Carnival 2012: Bolivian Streets Witness Folk Dance, Colorful Parades
The three-day Carnival of Oruro in Bolivia, which started on Saturday with much fanfare and feasts, will be marked by folk dances, parades and more cultural and religious activities. Dancers from various groups performed during the carnival parade in Oruro. Oruro is a mining and commercial city of more than 200,000 people, located some 124m (200km) south of the country’s capital of La Paz. The Bolivian carnival is about 2000-year-old religious festival that happens in the city of Oruro, dubbed as the folk capital of Bolivia, where partying and religious rituals mingle freely during the carnival celebrations. Photos: REUTERS/David Mercado. Continue reading »

Carnival Queen Election on Canary Islands

Carnival Queen Election on Canary Islands
Contestant Guacimara Alfonso performs on stage during the annual carnival queen election gala at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife. (Reuters)

Creepy and Cool: All Dressed up for the Lucerne Carnival

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.

Creepy and Cool: All Dressed up for the Lucerne Carnival
People in costume pose for photographers at the start of the Luzern-Carnival in Lucerne in the early morning hours Feb. 16. (Michael Buholzer / Reuters) Continue reading »

Animal Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Animal Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
The animal carnival parade at Copacabana beach in Brazil rivals its human counterpart for colour. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images, Silvia Izquierdo/AP. Continue reading »

Venice Carnival 2012: Masked Revelers Are Back at St. Mark’s Square

Venice Carnival 2012: Masked Revelers Are Back at St. Mark's Square
Masked revelers in colorful makeovers thronged to the Venetian streets and the city’s St. Mark’s Square as a preview of the Venice Carnival 2012 was held Feb. 4 and 5 in Venice, Italy.

The 2012 Venice Carnival will happen from Feb. 11 to 21, according to the festival’s official site. The annual festival, that starts every year 40 days before Easter, attracts thousands and thousands of visitors turning up to Venice each day for Carnivals. Masks are a key feature of the festival and signify a common identity among the classes. Many events are in store for this year’s festival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) Continue reading »