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Published on February 25, 2014

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A large collection of photos of Carnivals of the World in 2011, may be a bit outdated but definitely worth a look at!!!
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World Carnival 2011 The spectacle of gaudy colors, outlandish floats, airborne beads, and extravagant costumes was not limited to the French Quarter of New Orleans Tuesday. Weeks of pre-Lent celebrations culminated into explosions of exhilarating events for "Fat Tuesday" and Carnival around the globe. Historians say the Mardi Gras tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival "Lupercalia" as a period of celebration before the penance of Lent. That spirit ricochets today from the revelers of Carnival in Brazil to the flour-tossing sprites of Greece to the ebullient trombones of Bourbon Street. -- Lloyd Young Sources Click to advance - 292 slide! Turn on the speakers

World Carnival 2011 The spectacle of gaudy colors, outlandish floats, airborne beads, and extravagant costumes was not limited to the French Quarter of New Orleans Tuesday. Weeks of pre-Lent celebrations culminated into explosions of exhilarating events for "Fat Tuesday" and Carnival around the globe. Historians say the Mardi Gras tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival "Lupercalia" as a period of celebration before the penance of Lent. That spirit ricochets today from the revelers of Carnival in Brazil to the flour-tossing sprites of Greece to the ebullient trombones of Bourbon Street. -- Lloyd Young CO WA NT RN AI IN NU N S G! DI TY MIL Sources ! D Click to advance - 292 slide! Turn on the speakers 2

A Grande Rio samba school dancer performs while parading through the Sambadrome during carnival 3 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Porto da Pedra samba school performers parade through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) 4

Porto da Pedra samba school dancers perform while parading through the Sambadrome during carnival 5 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Grande Rio samba school dancers perform while parading through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) 6

Revelers of the Grande Rio samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7. (Sergio Moraes/Reuters) 7

A member of the Salgueiro samba school parades in the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de 8 Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A Beija Flor samba school dancer performs while on a float at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) 9

Performers leave the Sambadrome at the end of carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday 10 March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Brazilian singer Roberto Carlos waves from atop a float of the samba school Beija Flor on the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on March 8, 2011 on the second night of the Carnival samba school parade. Rio put on its final night of Carnival parades, capping days of extravagant processions and street festivities backing the Brazilian city's boast it is host to the Greatest Party on Earth. Nearly 800,000 Brazilian and foreign tourists have swelled Rio's population of six million to take part in the dancing, drinking, 11 flirting and spectacles underway since last Friday beneath gray, sometimes rainy, skies. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

A performer leaves the Sambadrome at the end of carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) 12

Revelers of the Beija-Flor samba school perform atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the 13 carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Revellers of the Beija-Flor samba school perform atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA 14

A vedette of the Beija-Flor samba school performs atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA 15

Revellers of the Beija-Flor samba school perform atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA16

Revellers of the Beija-Flor samba school perform at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the carnival 17 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Revelers of the Beija-Flor samba school perform atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on early March 8, 2011. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on March 6 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international 18 broadcast audience. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Revellers of the Beija-Flor samba school perform atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA 19

A reveller of the Beija-Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the 20 carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

A reveller of the Beija-Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome, during the second night of the 21 carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 8 March 2011.

Revelers of the Beija-Flor samba school perform atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on early March 8, 2011. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on March 6 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a 22 stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. AFP

A dancer of Salgueiro samba school performs while parading during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Felipe Dana 23

Revelers of Rio de Janeiro's samba school Grande Rio performs at the Sambadrome avenue on March 8, 24 2011 on the second night of city' samba school parade. Picture: AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA

Rio de Janeiro's samba school Grande Rio Queen of the Drums Cris Viana performs at the Sambadrome avenue on March 8, 2011 on the second night of city' samba school parade. Picture: AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO 25 SCORZA

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho embraces Cris Vianna, queen of the drums section of the Grande Rio samba school, while posing for a photo during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, 26 Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Revelers of Rio de Janeiro's samba school Grande Rio perform atop a float at the Sambadrome avenue on March 8, 27 2011 on the second night of city' samba school parade. Picture: AFP PHOTO / ANTONIO SCORZA

A member of Mocidade Independente samba school parades at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd 28

A float from the Mocidade Independente samba school parades through the Sambadrome during carnival 29 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Mocidade Independente samba school dancers perform while parading through the Sambadrome during 30 carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

A member of Mocidade Independente samba school parades atop a float at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd 31

Revelers of the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school performs atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 8, 2011. Picture: AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI 32 ALMEIDA

A reveler of the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school performs at the Sambadrome, during the second 33 night of carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

A member of Mocidade Independente samba school performs while parading during carnival celebrations at 34 the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo

A float from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parades through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations 35 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

The Queen of the Drums of Uniao da Ilha samba school, Bruna Brum (R), performs with revelers at the Sambadrome on March 7, 2011 during the second night of carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Uniao da Ilha lost fancy dresses and floats 36 in a fire that took place three weeks ago. Picture: AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school perform atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second 37 night of carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Revelers of the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school perfors atop a float at the Sambadrome, during the second night of carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 7, 2011. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on March 6 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held 38 before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. Picture: AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Dancers of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in 39 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

A member of Uniao da Ilha samba school performs while parading during carnival celebrations at the 40 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

An Unidos da Tijuca samba school dancer performs during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de 41 Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

Pamela Anderson, left, gestures as she speaks with an unidentified woman during a carnival parade at the 42 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A dancer performs on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during a carnival parade at the 43 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Dancers perform on their Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during a carnival parade at the 44 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho dances with the Portela samba school during carnival celebrations at the 45 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A dancer performs on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during their carnival parade at the 46 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A dancer performs on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during their carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) 47

A dancer from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the 48 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade through the Sambadrome during Carnival 49 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's 50 Sambadrome March 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's 51 Sambadrome March 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino) 52

Dancers of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) 53

Revelers of the Grande Rio samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio's Sambadrome on March 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes) 54

Grande Rio samba school members performs while parading during carnival celebrations at the 55 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen dances on a Vila Isabel samba school float during carnival celebrations in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) 56

Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen attends a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) 57

General view of performers of Sao Clemente samba school singing and dancing during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP 58 PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

A reveler of Sao Clemente samba school performs during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA 59

Dancers of Sao Clemente samba school perform during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA 60

Revellers take part in the traditional 'Cordao do Bola Preta' carnival band parade along Rio Branco avenue, in downtown Rio de Janeiro on March 5, 2011. Carnival was under way in Rio on Saturday with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. Nearly 800,000 Brazilian and foreign tourists were expected join Rio's six million residents in the celebrations, whose climax comes on Sunday and Monday with the city's top samba schools putting on their 61 extravagant processions led by sexy dancing queens. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Revellers take part in the traditional 'Cordao do Bola Preta' carnival band parade along Rio Branco avenue, in downtown Rio de Janeiro on March 5, 2011. Carnival was under way in Rio on Saturday with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. Nearly 800,000 Brazilian and foreign tourists were expected join Rio's six million residents in the celebrations, whose climax comes on Sunday and Monday with the city's top samba schools putting on their extravagant processions led by sexy dancing queens. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA 62

A reveller laughs during the traditional 'Cordao do Bola Preta' carnival band parade along Rio Branco avenue, in downtown Rio de Janeiro on March 5, 2011. Carnival was under way in Rio on Saturday with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. Nearly 800,000 Brazilian and foreign tourists were expected join Rio's six million residents in the celebrations, whose climax comes on Sunday and Monday with the city's top samba schools putting on their extravagant processions led by sexy dancing queens. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA 63

Revellers take part in the traditional 'Cordao do Bola Preta' carnival band parade along Rio Branco avenue, in downtown Rio de Janeiro on March 5, 2011. Carnival was under way in Rio on Saturday with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. Nearly 800,000 Brazilian and foreign tourists were expected join Rio's six million residents in the celebrations, whose climax comes on Sunday and Monday with the city's top samba schools putting on their extravagant 64 processions led by sexy dancing queens. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Men, disguised as "Batman," dance during a "Bola Preta" block parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. The five-day annual carnival celebration officially started Friday and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, according65 Rio to state's tourism department. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Women dance during a "Bola Preta" block parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. The five-day annual carnival celebration officially started Friday and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, according to Rio state's 66 tourism department. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Sao Clemente samba school drum section queen Bruna Almeida dances during a carnival parade at the 67 Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Sao Clemente samba school drum section queen Bruna Almeida dances during a carnival parade at the 68 Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/ Rodrigo Abd)

Sao Clemente samba school dancers perform during carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, 69 Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Revelers of Sao Clemente samba school perform during the first night of carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Vanderlei Almeida 70

A dancer performs on a Sao Clemente samba school float during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio 71 de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Sao Clemente samba school dancers perform during carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, 72 Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A carnival performer has his makeup applied on Vargas Avenue before the start of a carnival parade in Rio 73 de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Women have their makeup applied on Vargas Avenue before the start of a carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, 74 Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A Sao Clemente samba school dancer marches in a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, 75 Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A trash collecter walks past a reveler on Vargas Avenue before the start of a carnival parade in Rio de 76 Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Queen Drums of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school, Luiza Brunet, performs at the Sambadrome during 77 the first night of carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ ANTONIO SCORZA

A reveler of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs at the Sambadrome during the first night of carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 6, 2011. Some four thousand revelers integrate the 78 samba school. AFP PHOTO/ ANTONIO SCORZA

The Queen Drums of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school, Luiza Brunet, performs at the Sambadrome during the first night of carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI 79 ALMEIDA

A reveler waits for the start of the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters 80

A float from the Beija Flor samba school parades through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early March 8. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) 81

A reveler on stilts greets a boy during a ceremony marking the official opening of Carnival season in 82 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 4, 2011. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)

Revelers join in the Ceu na Terra or Heaven on Earth street parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday Feb 26. Hundreds walk along the yellow tramcar that transports the carnival orchestra in the historic Santa Teresa neighborhood. The blocos or free street parades usher in the Carnival of Brazil which this year runs March83 4-8. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

Revelers join in the Ceu na Terra or Heaven on Earth street parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 26, 2011. Hundreds walk along a yellow tramcar that transports the Carnival orchestra in the historic Santa Teresa neighborhood. The blocos or free street parades usher in Brazil's Carnival which runs March 4-8 this year. 84 (AP Photo/Felipe Dana

A woman paints carnival masks at a mask making factory in Sao Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Feb 18. Rio's carnival celebration started on March 4. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press) 85

Carnival masks in the likeness of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi sit on a table at a mask making factory in Sao Goncalo, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Friday Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) 86

Revelers in costumes attend a carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday March 4, 87 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A worker prepares a carnival float at Unidos da Tijuca Samba School in Rio de Janeiro 88 March 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

A worker prepares a carnival float at Salgueiro Samba School in Rio de Janeiro March 1, 89 2011. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

Dancers of Salgueiro samba school perform while parading during carnival celebrations at the 90 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 7. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

Mocidade Independente samba school dancers perform while parading through the Sambadrome in 91 Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A member of Salgueiro samba school performs at the Sambadrome on March 8, 2011. 92 (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A Porto da Pedra samba school dancer blows a kiss from the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) 93

A musician of Uniao da Ilha samba school performs while parading at the Sambadrome on Monday, 94 March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

A reveler from the Uniao da Ilha samba school participates during the second night of the annual Carnival 95 parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

A reveler makes her way home after the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de96 Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 8. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

Revelers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform at the Sambadrome on March 7 during the second night of carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Uniao da Ilha lost fancy dresses and floats in a fire that took place three weeks ago. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on March 6 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festival goers who have been partying on the streets for days. The processions, featuring near-naked dancing queens, spectacularly imaginative floats and thousands of extras, were being held before a stadium crowd of 70,000 and an international broadcast audience. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images) 97

A reveler of the Mangueira samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6. (Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) 98

A woman sings during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early March 7. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press) 99

A samba school dancer rests after a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 100 early Marcb 7. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)

The Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parades during Carnival at the 101 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Rodrigo Abd

Revelers of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school perform at the Sambadrome during the 102 first night of carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images

Revelers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school sing and dance during the first night of Carnival 103 parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on March 7, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Vanderlei

Portela samba school dancers parade through the Sambadrome during Carnival 104 celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. AP / Rodrigo Abd

Unidos da Tijuca samba school dancers parade through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. AP / 105

The Vila Isabel samba school performs during a carnival parade in the Sambadrome in 106 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. AP / Felipe Dana

Vila Isabel samba school dancers perform during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome 107 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. AP / Felipe Dana

A performer from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at 108 the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. AP / Felipe

An overall view of performers of Sao Clemente samba school singing and dancing during the first night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 109 early on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Vanderlei Almeida

The Queen Drums of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school, Luiza Brunet, performs at the Sambadrome during the first night of carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 6, 110 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Vanderlei Almeida

Revelers of Portela samba school perform during the first night of carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Vanderlei Almeida 111

A performer dances at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 112 2011. AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Sao Clemente samba school dancers perform in their carnival parade at the 113 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Rodrigo Abd

Dancers perform on their Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during a carnival 114 parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Felipe

A dancer performs on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / 115 Felipe

Imperatriz Leopoldinense dancers perform during their carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Felipe Dana 116

An Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dancer performs during a Carnival parade in 117 the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Rodrigo Abd

Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade through the 118 Sambadrome during Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7,

mperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dancers parade through the Sambadrome during Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. AP / 119

Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dancers perform in their carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday March 7, 2011. AP / Rodrigo Abd 120

A Portela samba school dancer performs during a Carnival parade through the 121 Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday, March 7, 2011. AP / Felipe Dana

An Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dancer performs in the group's carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday March 7, 2011. AP / 122 Rodrigo Abd

Sao Clemente samba school dancers perform at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, 123 Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Rodrigo Abd

São Paulo Carnival, Brazil A drummer performs during the parade of Mocidade Alegre samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 124 March 6, 2011. Brazil's official carnival is held this year March 4-8. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

A reveller of Vai-Vai samba school dances atop a float during the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo early on March 5, 2011. Brazil's Carnival kicked off on the eve with millions of people taking to the streets of the northeastern city of Salvador de Bahia to dance and party, 125 effectively putting the nation on a week-long hiatus. (MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)

A queen of the drummers of the Aguia de Ouro samba school dances during the second night of Carnival 126 parades at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO / MAURICIO LIMA

Revellers of Unidos de Vila Maria samba school sing and dance during the second night of Carnival parades 127 at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA

Revellers from the Aguia de Ouro samba school sing and dance during the second night of Carnival parades 128 at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO / MAURICIO LIM

Revellers from the Aguia de Ouro samba school sing and dance during the second night of Carnival parades 129 at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO / MAURICIO LIMA

Revellers of Unidos de Vila Maria samba school sing and dance during the second night of Carnival parades 130 at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA

Paraguayan model Larissa Riquelme (C) dances amid revellers of Unidos de Vila Maria samba school atop of a float during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP 131 PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA

Elderly revellers of Unidos de Vila Maria samba school sing and dance during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LI 132

Revellers of Academicos do Tucuruvi samba school perform ahead of drummers during the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 5, 2011. Brazil's Carnival kicked off on the eve with millions of people taking to the streets of the northeastern city of Salvador de Bahia to dance and party, 133 effectively putting the nation on a week-long hiatus. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA

A reveller of Nene de Vila Matilde samba school dances ahead of a float during the second night of Carnival 134 parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA

Children revellers of Nene de Vila Matilde samba school get ready for the start of the second night of 135 Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Mauricio LIMA

Children revelers of Nene de Vila Matilde samba school get ready at a concentration area before the start of the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, late on March 5. 136 (Maurcicio Lima/Getty Images)

Revelers of Unidos do Peruche samba school perform atop of a float during the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, late on March 4. Brazil's Carnival kicked off on the eve with millions of people taking to the streets of the northeastern city of Salvador de Bahia to dance and party, effectively putting the nation on a week-long hiatus. (Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty 137 Images)

A reveler parades for Tom Maior samba school during carnival in Sao Paulo March 5, 2011 138

Revellers parade for Unidos do Peruche samba school during Carnival in Sao Paulo March 5 139

140 Revellers parade for Unidos do Peruche samba school during Carnival in Sao Paulo March 5, 2011.

A reveller of the Aguia de Ouro samba school dances during the second night of Carnival parades 141 at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo early on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Mauricio Lima

Children revelers of Unidos de Vila Maria samba school sing and dance atop of a float during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. 142 AFP/ Getty Images / Mauricio Lima

Revelers of Unidos de Vila Maria samba school sing and dance atop of a float during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. 143 AFP/ Getty Images / Mauricio Lima

Revelers of Gavioes da Fiel samba school sing and dance atop of a float during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty 144 Images / Mauricio Lima

Aguia de Ouro samba school dancers perform on their float during carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Andre Penner 145

Members of the Mocidade Alegre samba school march in their parade during carnival 146 celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Andre Penner

A reveller from the Aguia de Ouro samba school dances during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo early on March 6, 2011. (MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty 147 Images)

A dancer performs during the parade of Vila Maria samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 148 Sunday March 6, 2011. AP / Andre Penner

Brazilian model Sabrina Sato sings and dances ahead of drummers of Gavioes da Fiel samba school during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early 149 on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Mauricio Lima

A reveler of Gavioes da Fiel samba school sings and dances during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early on March 6, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / 150 Mauricio Lima

Revelers of Rosas de Ouro samba school perform during the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo early on March 5, 2011. AFP/ Getty 151 Images / Mauricio Lima

Revelers of Unidos do Peruche samba school sing and dance during the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, late on March 4, 2011. 152 AFP/ Getty Images / Mauricio Lima

A dancer performs during the parade of Tom Maior samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, 153 March 5, 2011. AP / Andre Penner

A dancer performs during the parade of Rosas de Ouro samba school in Sao Paulo, 154 Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. AP / Andre Penner

Revelers of Unidos do Peruche samba school sing and dance during the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, late on March 4, 2011. 155 AFP/ Getty Images / Mauricio Lima

Revelers of Academicos do Tucuruvi samba school perform during the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo late on March 4, 2011. AFP/ 156 Getty Images / Mauricio Lima

Recife’s Carnival, Pernambuco, Brazil General view the traditional parade of the carnival band Galo da Madrugada on the first day of Recife's Carnival, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, on March 5, 2011. Carnival is under way in Brazil with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. AFP PHOTO/LEO 157 CALDAS

General view the traditional parade of the carnival band Galo da Madrugada on the first day of Recife's Carnival, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, on March 5, 2011. Carnival is under way in Brazil with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. AFP PHOTO/LEO CALDAS 158

Recife’s Carnival, Pernambuco, Brazil A reveller jumps while dancing the traditional frevo, an accelerated polka-like dance, during Recife's Carnival, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, on March 6, 2011. Carnival is under way in Brazil with millions taking to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party, while Rio was preparing on Sunday to put on the climax to its Carnival celebrations: the extravagant and sensual parades famed the 159 world over. AFP PHOTO/LEO CALDAS

A reveler of the Caboclo block takes part in a Carnival parade in the colonial city of Olinda, Pernambuco State, March 7. (Jorge Silva/Reuters) 160

Revellers participate in the traditional carnival group known as Maracatu in the town of Engenho Cumba, at the state of Pernambuco, Brazil on March 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Marcos Michel) 161

Paraty Carnival, Brazil Covered by mud, people participate in a mud party during Carnival celebrations in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. The five-day annual carnival celebration officially started Friday and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, according 162 to Rio state's tourism department. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Covered by mud, people participate in mud party during Carnival celebrations in Paraty, Brazil, March 5. The fiveday annual carnival celebration officially started March 4 and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, 163 according to Rio state's tourism department. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)

A woman dances amid orange smoke during the "Bloco da Lama", or Mud Block carnival 164 group parade in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Covered by mud, a man gestures as he parades at a mud party during Carnival celebrations in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) 165

Sao Luis do Paraitinga Carnival, Brazil Revelers kiss on a street during the Carnival of Sao Luis do Paraitinga, 170 km (106 miles) from Sao Paulo, 166 March 7. The event was one of the Carnival celebrations taking place across the country. (Nacho

Barranquilla's Carnival, Columbia Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's 167 carnival as a 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Barranquilla's Carnival, Columbia 49. A dancer blows a kiss while performing during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared 168 Barranquilla's carnival as a 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. (AP Photo/Fernando

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 169 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

A reveler spits gasoline to make fire during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 170 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

An entertainer dressed as a harlequin performs during a parade at the Barranquilla's 171 carnival in Colombia March 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez)

Revelers dance during Carnival festivities in Baranquilla, Colombia on March 5, 2011. The Carnival of Barranquilla was declared to be a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 172 2003. AFP PHOTO/Joaquin SARMIENTO

Barranquilla's Carnival, Columbia A reveler performs during Carnival festivities in Baranquilla, Colombia on March 5, 2011. The Carnival of Barranquilla was declared to be a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 173 2003. AFP PHOTO/Joaquin SARMIENTO

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sunday March 6, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 174 "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity." (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sunday March 6, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 175 "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity." (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sunday March 6, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 176 "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity." (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Revelers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sunday March 6, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 177 "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity." (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's 178 carnival as a 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Clowns are reflected on the glasses of a reveler during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. 179 (AP Photo/ Fernando Vergara)

A reveler performs during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 180 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. (AP Photo/ Fernando Vergara)

Revelers perform during carnival celebrations in Barranquilla, Colombia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. In 2003 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, declared Barranquilla's carnival as a 'Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. (AP 181 Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Galapa Carnival, Colombia Revelers make their way to carnival celebrations in Galapa, Colombia, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara) 182

A girl has makeup applied during carnival celebrations in Galapa, Colombia, Sunday March 6, 183 2011. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

A performer has her faced painted on her back porch in preparation for carnival celebrations in Galapa, 184 Colombia, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Oruro Carnival, Bolivia Members of the Diablada Artistica Urus fraternity, dance during the Carnival of Oruro, in this Bolivian city some 230 Km south of La Paz, on March 5, 2011. The carnival of Oruro is one of the most famous festivities in South America -- second only to that of Rio de Janeiro -- and considered by UNESCO as one of mankind's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible 185 Heritage of Humanity. AFP PHOTO/AIZAR RALDES

An angel member of the "Diablada Autentica" performs during the Carnival parade in Oruro, some 200 km (124 miles) south of La Paz, March 5. Partying and religion mingle in Bolivia's Carnival celebration in Oruro, a 186 mining and commercial city of more than 200,000 people. (David Mercado/Reuters)

Oruro Carnival, Bolivia Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP 187 Photo /Juan Karita)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP 188 Photo/Juan Karita)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP 189 Photo /Juan Karita)

A Negritos del Pagador brotherhood dancer participates in the Carnival parade in Oruro, some 230 kms south of La Paz, on March 5, 2011. AFP PHOTO/AIZAR RALDES 190

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP 191 Photo /Juan Karita)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP 192 Photo /Juan Karita)

A member of the Diablada Artistica Urus fraternity, dances during the Carnival of Oruro, in this Bolivian city some 230 Km south of La Paz, on March 5, 2011. The carnival of Oruro is one of the most famous festivities in South America -- second only to that of Rio de Janeiro -- and considered by UNESCO as one of mankind's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. AFP PHOTO/AIZAR RALDES 193

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday March 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) 194

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday March 5, 2011. 195 (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday March 5, 2011. 196 (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Members of the Diablada Artistica Urus fraternity, dance during the Carnival of Oruro, in this Bolivian city some 230 Km south of La Paz, on March 5, 2011. The carnival of Oruro is one of the most famous festivities in South America -- second only to that of Rio de Janeiro -- and considered by UNESCO as one of mankind's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible 197 Heritage of Humanity. AFP PHOTO/AIZAR RALDES

Members of the Diablada Artistica Urus fraternity, take part in the Carnival of Oruro, in this Bolivian city some 230 Km south of La Paz, on March 5, 2011. The carnival of Oruro is one of the most famous festivities in South America -second only to that of Rio de Janeiro -and considered by UNESCO as one of mankind's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. AFP PHOTO/AIZAR RALDES 198

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday March 5, 2011. (AP 199 Photo /Juan Karita)

Members of the Diablada Artistica Urus fraternity, dance during the Carnival of Oruro, in this Bolivian city some 230 Km south of La Paz, on March 5, 2011. The carnival of Oruro is one of the most famous festivities in South 200 America - second only to that of Rio de Janeiro - and considered by UNESCO as one of mankind's Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. (AIZAR RALDES/AFP/Getty Images)

Dancers perform during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday March 5, 2011. 201 (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Dancers parade during carnival celebrations in Oruro, western Bolivia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. 202 (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Santo Domingo Carnival, Dominican Republic Revelers perform fancy dressed as devils during a carnival parade in Santo Domingo on March 6, 2011. AFP 203 PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES

Revelers perform fancy dressed as devils during a carnival parade in Santo Domingo on March 6, 2011. AFP 204 PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES

Children dressed as devils wait at the Malecon (seaside boulevard) to take part in the last day of 205 the annual national carnival in Santo Domingo March 6. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival A masquerader from the band "What I Saw" presented by Robert Lakhan poses on the stage on Carnival 206 Monday at Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain March 7. (Andrea De Silva/Reuters)

Rasta performs at the finals of the annual International Soca Monarch at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain March 5, 2011. The competition is held every Carnival Friday, and participants compete for one of two titles, "International Soca Monarch" or "International Groovy Soca Monarch". The Soca music 207 genre is native to Trinidad and Tobago. (REUTERS/Andrea De Silva)

Revelers in costumes take part in carnival celebrations as they walk by the earthquake damaged 208 National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 6. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press)

Port-au-Prince Carnival, Haiti Revelers with a snake perform during carnival celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday March 6, 2011. 209 (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

A reveler with two snakes performs during carnival celebrations in Portau-Prince, Haiti, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) 210

Haitians participate in the first carnival after last year's January 12 earthquake March 6, 2011 in Puerto 211 Principe, Haiti. AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMAL

Haitians participate in the first carnival after last year's January 12 earthquake March 6, 2011 in Puerto 212 Principe, Haiti. AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMAL

Women in carnival costumes perform in front of a refugee camp set up for people displaced by the 2010 earthquake during carnival celebrations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Ramon 213

A child wearing a carnival mask, looks at a parade during carnival celebrations in Port-au-Prince, 214 Haiti, Monday, March 7. (Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press

A girl cracks a whip practicing for her group's performance at a park along the waterfront - the parade staging area - as Haitians participate in the first day of the Port-au-Prince Carnival celebration, March 6, 2011 in Port-auPrince, Haiti. Last year's celebration was canceled due to the devastating January 12 earthquake. (Allison 215 Shelley/Getty Images)

Haitians participate in the first carnival after last year's January 12 earthquake March 6, 2011 in Puerto Principe, Haiti. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images) 216

A masked reveler performs during the National Carnival celebrations in Jacmel, a small port city southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday Feb 27, 2011. Jacmel's carnival is known for its papier-mache masks representing 217 animals, world figures or local politicians. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Huautla Carnival, Hidalgo, Mexico Children with their bodies painted, pose for a photo during carnival celebrations in Huautla,218 Mexico, March 7. (Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press

New Orleans Mardi Gras Day, USA Rain falls as Mardi Gras revelers walk past beads lying on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of 219 New Orleans, March 5. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Lee Chance laughs as he shows off his collection of beads that he caught during the Zulu Social Aid and 220 Pleasure Club parade in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day March 8. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

A reveler takes a sip of bourbon as he sits next to a sleeping man on a couch during the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club parade on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day March 8. 221 (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Rex, the King of Carnival rides in the Krewe of Rex as he arrives at Canal St. along St. Charles Ave. on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans March 8. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press) 222

Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade, Mississippi Gulf Coast, USA A crowd of revelers call out for beads as one of the many floats making up the Gulf Coast Carnival Association Parade passes by on March 8 in downtown Biloxi, Miss. The GCCA Parade was followed by 223 the 30th Krewe of Neptune parade. (Amanda McCoy/Associated Press/Sun Herald)

A dog dressed in costume parades through the French Quarter during the Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. The parade of dogs and their owners, a twist 224 on the Krewe of Bacchus, benefits animal welfare organizations. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Limassol Carnival, Cyprus Girls dance through in the street during a traditional parade to mark the end of the carnival period in southern port city of Limassol, 83 kilometers (52 miles) south of capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Thousands of people225 gather every year to celebrate the Carnival in the streets. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Prilep Carnival, Macedonia A "Meckari" performer participates in the carnival in the Macedonian town of Prilep, on March 6, 2011. "Meckari" is a traditional mask worn by the butchers. With this custom they are trying to ransom their sins caused by butchering the animals. The Prilep Carnival, one of the few in the Republic of Macedonia, marks the beginning of Lent according 226the to Christian Orthodox calendar. AFP PHOTO/ROBERT ATANASOVSKI

Venice Carnival, Italy People dressed in carnival costumes sit in a gondola in Venice on March 5, 2011 during the annual Venice 227 Carnival. AFP PHOTO / ANDREA PATTARO

People dressed in carnival costumes sit in a gondola in Venice on March 5, 2011 during the annual Venice 228 Carnival.AFP PHOTO / ANDREA PATTARO

People dressed in carnival costumes pose in San Marco square in Venice on March 5, 2011 during 229 the annual Venice Carnival.AFP PHOTO / ANDREA PATTARO

People dressed in carnival costumes pose in Rialto in Venice on March 5, 2011 during the annual 230 Venice Carnival.AFP PHOTO / ANDREA PATTARO

Participants wearing costumes dance the opening waltz on March 05, 2011 during the "Cavalchina", the historic Venetian Carnival ball in the famous Fenice theatre in Venice. AFP231 PHOTO / ANDREA PATTARO

Silvia Bianchini is carried along on a rope as she takes part in the flight of the angel, a traditional event in the calendar of the Venetian carnival in San Marco square in Venice on Feb 27. 2011 during the annual Venice Carnival. Its origin goes back to the times of the Serenissima (the old Venetian Republic), when an unknown guest flew along a rope from St. Mark's Bell Tower to the middle of the square and offered to page homage to the 232 Doge. (Andrea Pattaro/Getty Images)

Silvia Bianchetti performs the traditional "Flight of the Angel", a centuries-old ritual which marks the official beginning of Venice's Carnival celebrations, hanging from a cable in 233 St. Mark's square, Venice, Italy, Sunday Feb, 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)

People dressed in carnival costumes pose on San Marco square in Venice on Feb 27 during the 234 annual Venice Carnival. (Andrae Pattaro/AFP/Getty Images)

Laza Carnival, Spain Carnival revellers dressed as "Peliqueiros" run through a street in Spain's northwestern village of Laza March 8. "Peliqueiros", or ancient tax collectors, pursued villagers through the streets 235 ringing their cowbells and hitting villagers with their sticks. (Miguel Vidal/Reuters)

Unanu Carnival, Navarra, Spain A man dressed as a momotxorro mythological character tries to hit a girl taking part in the ancient carnival of Unanu in the north of Navarra province in Spain on March 8. Momotxorros 236 chase locals and hit them with sticks. (Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)

"El Dia de los Polvos" (Powder Day) Festival , Tolox, Spain A woman covers the hair of a man with talcum powder during "El Dia de los Polvos" (Powder Day) festival in the southern Spanish village of Tolox March 8. During the carnival, it is traditional, especially for young people, to hurl talcum powder at each other until they are completely covered with it. In the past, young men used this game to seduce girls. Although the method of courtship has changed in modern days, 237 the tradition of throwing powder on one another without distinction of gender or origin continues. (Jon

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival, Spain Contestant Carmen Eneida Carballo Rivero, wearing a creation called "Flashes of Atlantis", performs on stage during the annual carnival queen election gala in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spanish Canary 238 Island of Tenerife, March 2. (Santiago Ferrero/Reuters)

Naomi Cabrera Pulido, wearing a creation called "A hundred years of history" by Spanish designer Leo Martinez, reacts after being crowned queen in the annual carnival queen election gala at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, March 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Santiago 239 Ferrero)

A contestant gets the final touches backstage before the start of Las Palmas' Carnival Queen ceremony in Las Palmas, Spanish Canary Island of Gran Canaria, February 25, 2011. 240 (REUTERS/Borja Suarez)

Dancers prepare at backstage before a drag queen competition during carnival festivities in Las Palmas on the Spanish Canary Island of Gran Canaria, late March 4, 2011. (REUTERS/Borja 241 Suarez)

Galaxidi Carnival, Greece A reveler dances around a bonfire as he participates in the traditional 'flour-war' during the Clean Monday (Ash Monday) celebrations in the coastal city of Galaxidi, some 230 km west of Athens on March 7. The throwing of the flour in Galaxidi on the Clean Monday holiday is a unique celebration in Greece, marking the end of Carnival 242 season. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

A mock plane flies toward a parade float, to set on fire the King of Carnival in the village of Orchomenos in central Greece on March 6, 2011.The burning of carnival's King marks the end of the Carnival season and the start of the 40 days of lent until the Orthodox Easter. (LOUISA 243 GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Nice Carnival, France People take part in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", runs until March 8, 2011. PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER 244

The king's float parades during the 127th Nice carnival, on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival celebrates the "Mediterranean King" with some 20 floats and runs until March 245 8, 2011, participate in the carnival. AFPPHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

The King of the Nice Carnival 2011's float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, 246 Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

The king's float which parades during the 127th Nice carnival, on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival celebrates the "Mediterranean King" with some 20 floats 247 and runs until March 8, 2011. PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

A float representing an imaginary animal parades during the 127th Nice carnival, on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival celebrates the "Mediterranean King" with some 20 floats and runs until March 8, 2011, participate in the carnival. 248 AFPPHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

A float called with characters symbolising an Israelian and a Palestinian man sitting on a dove takes part in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", rans until March 8, 2011. PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER 249

The Queen of Nice's float takes part in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", runs 250 until March 8, 2011. PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

A float called with characters symbolising an Israelian and a Palestinian man sitting on a dove takes part in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", runs until March 8, 2011. 251 PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIE

A float with a giant cyclop takes part in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", runs until March 8, 2011. PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER 252

A float with a giant cyclop takes part in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", runs 253 until March 8, 2011. PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

The King of the Nice Carnival 2011's float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the 254 Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

People take part in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", runs until March 8, 255 2011. PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

The King of the Nice Carnival 2011's float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the 256 Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

The Queen of the Nice Carnival 2011's float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau) 257

The Queen of the Nice Carnival 2011's float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau) 258

The Queen of the Nice Carnival 2011's float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the 259 Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

Inflatable characters parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Mediterranean". (AP 260 Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

"The tourist" float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ 261 Lionel Cironneau)

The king of Greek loans float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Mediterranean". (AP 262 Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

A float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau) 263

"Fellini, King of Rimini" float parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the 264 Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

Floats parade during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern 265 France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

A float with Israeli and Palestinian characters, parades during the 127th edition of the Nice Carnival, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Nice, southern France. The carnival celebrates the theme "King of the 266 Mediterranean". (AP Photo/ Lionel Cironneau)

A woman taking part in the parade of the 127th Nice carnival, throws flowers on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King", 267 began on February 18 and run until March 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

A woman taking part in the parade of the 127th Nice carnival, throws flowers on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean 268 King", began on February 18 and runs until March 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

A Close encounter in a parade of the 127th Nice carnival on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean269 King", began on February 18 and runs until March 8, 2011. AFP PHOTO SEBASTIEN NOGIER

A parade of the 127th Nice carnival, throws flowers on February 19, 2010 in Nice, southeastern France. The 127th edition of the Nice's Carnival, celebrating the "Mediteranean King&q

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