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Carnival season is under way across Europe and the Americas. These pre-Lent festivals, often a blend of local pagan and Catholic traditions, usher out the winter and welcome in spring.

Carnival 2017 images from around the world gathered here; including Venice Carnival 2017 from Italy, Rio Carnival 2017 from Brazil, ancient carnival of Lantz from Spain and many more from Germany, Portugal, France and Bolivia.

Carnival 2017 | Alan Taylor | Feb 27, 2017 | 35 Photos | In Focus