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Carnival celebrations were underway this week with hundreds of thousands of revelers hitting the streets, stadiums, and boulevards in cities across Europe and the Americas.

Carnival marks the festive season just before Lent, where public events including parades and street parties are held. Festivities often involve intricate masks, colorful costumes and floats, and excessive consumption of alcohol.

From orange wars in Italy to ram skeleton floats in Rio, here’s a look at our favorite Instagram photos of Carnival celebrations around the world.

Quebec City

A photo posted by Alexandre T. (@struudy) on

Santa Cruz De La Palma

Rio De Janeiro

A photo posted by Enos Gama (@enosgama) on

Binch

A photo posted by Rebecca Vermeulen (@becksver) on

Guaranda

Dusseldorf

Oruro

A photo posted by Eduardo Suarez (@esuarezmedia) on

Ivrea

A photo posted by federica (@fediarr) on

Port au Prince

New Orleans

A photo posted by Ryan Melton (@meltonio) on

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