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Princess Cruise Lines and its parent company Carnival Corporation have agreed to pay a $20 million criminal penalty for environmental violations. Casey Rodgers/AP hide caption

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Sebastiano Ridolfi tries on the costume of Papà del Gnoco, or "Gnocchi Dad," the Santa-esque figure who's the symbol of the gnocchi-themed pre-Lent celebration in Verona, Italy. Although Ridolfi didn't win the election to be Papà del Gnoco, he was received warmly by the crowd and remains committed to challenging traditions. Andrea Di Martino hide caption

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Revelers celebrate during the Carnival street parade of the Bloco das Carmelitas in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week. Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rio Carnival: When Brazil Lets Out Its Mysterious 'Inner Chicken'

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"Samba doesn't accept restraint," says Sao Paulo performer Douglas Germano. "It has to break free or else it dies." Courtesy of Douglas Germano hide caption

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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro performs with the Vila Isabel Samba School during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. André Vieira for NPR hide caption

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In Rio, The Samba Parade Goes On Despite A Wardrobe Malfunction

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Which house does a better job keeping mosquitoes away? In this model set up by health workers to help prevent the spread of Zika, the one on the left appears to have less standing water, which is a magnet for mosquitoes. Rafael Fabres for NPR hide caption

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Carnival Gives Brazil Ideas About How To Fight Zika

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Injured revelers wait outside the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, early Tuesday. At least 18 people on a music group's packed Carnival float in the Haitian capital were reportedly killed when they were electrocuted by a power line, officials said. Dieu Nalio Chery/AP hide caption

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