The month of February brings with it a carnival season. Celebrations take place all around the world and people party, eat rich food and have fun, all before the season of Lent begins.
From the world's biggest and most popular carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans and from Belgium's Binche carnival to those in Venice and Nice, take a look at all the best photographs of carnival frenzy from all around the world.
A reveller celebrates the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf February 20, 2012. The Rose Monday parades in Cologne, Mainz and Duesseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.
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