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These Captivating Photos Of Carnival Show Latin America Knows How To Celebrate

02/17/2015 05:59 pm ET | Updated Apr 30, 2015
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A procession of colorful floats and samba dancers in Rio de Janeiro may be what comes to mind when talking about carnival, but the annual celebration is far from limited to Brazil.

Carnival celebrations are huge all across Latin America with parades and parties happening in many major cities across the region.

Colombia's coast hosts one of the largest carnival celebrations in the world with thousands filling the streets of Barranquila to join the parade and watch the crowning of the queen of carnival.

Further south, over 40,000 people flock to Oruro, Bolivia to see "La Diablada," or dance of the devils, a large parade that features dancers in ornate demonic costumes.

These traditions and many more make carnival a unique and highly festive event. Take a look at how costumes, music, parties and color take over the streets all over Latin America below:

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    Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia on February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia. February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, February 17, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia, February 15, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia. February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia. February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, on February 15, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia on February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia. February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 17, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Gualeguaychú, Argentina on February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia, is the second biggest in the world, after Rio. February 14, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia. February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Barranquilla, Colombia. February 16, 2015.
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    Carnaval in Oruro, Bolivia on February 16, 2015.

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