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Carnival 2012: Celebratory photos from around the world 
From Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans, to Hungary and Bolivia, revellers let loose before the Lent repentance
 
Carnival 2012: Celebratory photos from around the world dpa/CORBIS

Traditionally a celebration reserved for Catholic societies ahead of Lent's period of repentance, Carnival now spans the globe and encompasses days of rowdy festivities, elaborate parades (including this one in Rio de Janiero), and street parties crammed with costumed partygoers. Click through for a look at the goings-on.

 

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