Pictures: Carnival around the world
Carnival season technically begins on Jan. 6, also known as Twelfth Night and runs through Mardi Gras, which falls on Feb. 17, 2015, the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Big celebrations around the world usually occur in those final two weeks, but some happen earlier.
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Carnival in Paraguay
Dancers perform during the carnival in Encarncion, 375 km south of Asuncion on January 16, 2015. The "Llamadas" is Paraguay's biggest carnival parade, in which "comparsas," groups of dancers and drummers.