In pictures: World's carnival festivities

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image captionIn Haiti, fire-throwers, dancers and music bands paraded through the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince.
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image captionSome revellers had their bodies painted with a mixture of cane sugar syrup and coal and wore skulls to depict the devil.
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image captionBright costumes were on display during Haiti's three-day festivities, that also saw rum-fuelled parties across the country.
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image captionIn Spain, revellers wore horns and had dresses stained with blood to represent Momotxorro - a mythical half-man and half-bull.
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image captionIn Switzerland, masked music bands paraded on the streets of Lucerne.
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image captionThis reveller covered himself with mud during festivities in Redinha, north-eastern Brazil.
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image captionMeanwhile, in Rio de Janeiro it was a fierce competition of different samba schools at the city's Sambadrome.
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image captionIn the US, the city of New Orleans saw striking processions during the celebrations of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.
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image captionIn Belgium, carnival participants - known as Gilles - wore traditional costumes and hats made of ostrich feathers