PHOTOS: Millions around the world celebrate Carnival

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(PIX11) — Millions are gathering around the world to celebrate Carnival.

Traditionally, the festivals last for several days with parades, dancing, drinking and dressing up in costume.

The festivals take place throughout February, right before the Christian season of Lent.

Carnival and variations on the celebration are observed in cities on nearly every continent.

Rio de Janeiro’s  festivities are one of the biggest in the world: the city attracts around two million revelers every day of Carnival.

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