Rio de Janeiro has its Sambadrome parade and New Orleans has it’s Mardi Gras parade. Both have different qualities, but both also center around music, floats and people having fun. All in the name of carnival. Personally my money would be spent on going to the Rio carnival.

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01. Despite heavy rains revelers keep the Mardi Gras weekend alive as they celebrated on the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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02. A woman atop a horse throws beads during the Babylon Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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03. Members of the Pussyfooters dance troop perform during the Muses Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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04. Members of the Krewe of Rolling Elvi, a local group who loves to dress as Elvis Presley, ride motorcycles during the Muses Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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05. Paraders hold illuminated sculptures of insects and shoes during the Muses Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, Louisiana March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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06. Men crowd around a woman exposing her breast in order to get Mardi beads in New Orleans, Louisiana March 5, 2011. Despite heavy rains revelers keep the Mardi Gras weekend alive as they celebrated on the streets in the French Quarter. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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07. Despite heavy rains revelers keep the Mardi Gras weekend alive as they celebrated on the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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08. A beer vender walks down Bourbon Street as religions protesters hold up signs during the Mardi Gras weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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09. A reveler catches a pair of beads as members of the Krewe of Thoth parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011.REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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10. Members of the Krewe of Thoth throw beads to revelers as they ride down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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11. Members of the Krewe of Thoth throw beads to revelers as they ride down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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12. Revelers parade with the Krewe of Thoth as they march down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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13. Members of the Pussyfooters marching club march with the Krewe of Thoth as they march down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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14. Members of the Krewe of Okeanos throw beads to revelers as they ride down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011.REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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15. Revelers scream for bead as members of the Krewe of Thoth parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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16. Members of the Sophie B. Wright Charter School marching band march down the St. Charles Avenue with the Krewe of Thoth the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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17. Bacchus XLIII actor Andy Garcia parades down St. Charles Avenue with the Krewe of Bacchus the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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18. Bacchus XLIII actor Andy Garcia parades down St. Charles Avenue with the Krewe of Bacchus the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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19. Members of the Krewe of Bacchus parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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20. Members of the Krewe of Bacchus parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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21. Members of the Krewe of Bacchus parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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22. Members of the Krewe of Bacchus parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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23. Revellers scream for beads as members of the Krewe of Endymion parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011.REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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24. The Queen of Endymion waves to her subjects while parading with the Krewe of Endymion down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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25. Members of the Krewe of Thoth parade down St. Charles Avenue the weekend before Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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26. Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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27. Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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28. A mask of a member of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club is seen as they march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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29. Members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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30. Members of Pete Fountain's Half Fast Walking Club march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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31. Pete Fountain and his Half Fast Walking Club march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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32. Revellers scream for Mardi Gras beads as members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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33. Revellers scream for Mardi Gras beads as members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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34. Members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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35. Members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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36. Members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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37. Members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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38. Members of the Krewe of Zulu travel down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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39. Members of the Krewe of Zulu hand out hand-painted coconuts to revellers as they travel down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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40. Revellers travel up and down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter as people celebrate Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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41. Revellers travel up and down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter as people celebrate Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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42. A reveller is seen on the reflection of another reveller's pair of sunglasses as they travel up and down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter as people celebrate Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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43. A reveller smiles as he travels up and down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter as people celebrate Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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44. Herschel Abbott Jr., Mardi Gras' Rex, the King of Carnival, waves to revellers as he travels down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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45. Members of REX march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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46. Herchel Abbott Jr., Mardi Gras' Rex, the King of Carnival, waves to revellers as he travels down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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47. Members of REX march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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48. Herchel Abbott Jr., Mardi Gras' Rex, the King of Carnival waves to revellers as he travels down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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49. Members of REX march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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50. Members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

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51. A float decoration of fictional character Superman is seen as members of the Krewe of Zulu march down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Louisiana March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner