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Following the 2014 Tour de France on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Tour de France, follow @letourdefrance on Instagram and browse the #letour, #tourdefrance2014 and #tdf hashtags.

The Tour de France (@letourdefrance) officially kicked off this weekend in Yorkshire, England. Covering a distance of 3,664 kilometres (2,276 miles), the 101st tour starts in Leeds and Sheffield. After snaking through mainland France, as well as parts of Belgium and Spain, the final stages take place in the Périgueux region, leading up to the finish line at the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 27.

Want to get a first-hand look at the the Tour de France? Be sure to follow these Instagrammers:

  • Le Tour de France, official account of Le Tour de France — @letourdefrance
  • Chris Froome, cyclist from Great Britain — @chrisfroome
  • Mark Cavendish, cyclist from Great Britain — @markcavendish
  • Team Sky, British competing team — @teamsky
  • Peter Sagan, cyclist from Slovakia — @petosagan

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Celebrating Pride 2014 on Instagram

For more photos and videos from some of the largest Pride celebrations across the globe, browse the following hashtags: #AthensPride, #ChicagoPride, #DublinPride, #IstanbulPride, #LApride, #LondonPride, #NYCpride, #SeattlePride, #SFpride and #WorldPride.

The month of June marked LGBTQ Pride Month in many cities, and people around the world gathered together with rainbow flags, parades (and plenty of glitter) to celebrate who they are and who they love.

Although some celebrations began in late May and many more continue throughout July and August, June stands as Pride Month to honor the Stonewall riots of 1969. The riots, a series of demonstrations in New York City against anti-gay violence, mark what many consider to be the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

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Going Behind the scenes at Wimbledon 2014

For more photos and videos from Wimbledon 2014, browse the #wimbledon and #wimbledonmeet hashtags, explore the Wimbledon location page and follow @wimbledon on Instagram.

The lawns have been manicured, the flowers watered and players warmed up for Wimbledon 2014, the grand slam tennis tournament in England.

The 41 mown grass courts will soon feel the thud of tennis shoes from 480 players, and 38,500 daily visitors are expected descend on the All England Lawn Tennis Club grounds in Southwest London over the next two weeks.

As well as being one of four major tennis grand slams throughout the year, Wimbledon has a special attraction for its quintessentially British feel—particularly the consumption of strawberries and cream and Pimm’s drinks. It is estimated 28,000 kilograms of strawberries, 7,000 liters of cream and 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s will be consumed over the two-week event. Also in keeping with the traditions of the event, players adhere to an all-white dress code, and staff wear navy and green uniforms.

Last year, Andy Murray (@andymurray) became the first British player in 77 years to win the men’s singles championship at Wimbledon when he beat Siberia’s Novak Djokovic (@djokernole).

"I can’t wait to get started on Monday," he says. "I love playing at Wimbledon, and it’s an honor to open The Championships, I’ll give it everything I’ve got."

Victoria Azarenka (@vichka35) is also preparing for The Championships. “I’m so excited to be back at Wimbledon,” she says. “Before the tournament begins you can catch me at Wimbe village, the Player’s Party, and, oh, it’s strawberries and cream season! But when the tournament starts, I’m all business.”

This year, Instagrammers were given access to the lawns ahead of play, and tennis stars have been sharing behind the scenes from Wimbledon in the lead up to The Championships. For a behind-the-scenes look, check out the following accounts on Instagram:

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The 2014 French Open on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the tournament, explore the Stade Roland Garros and Le Roland Garros location pages.

The Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) tennis tournament, also known as the French Open, has begun with 32 first-round singles matches starting on Sunday. As one of four major grand slams held throughout the year in professional tennis, the clay court tournament has been held in Paris since 1891. The competition is named after Roland Garros, a French aviation pioneer who was a big fan of the eponymous stadium.

Players will compete for the singles and doubles crowns over the next two weeks. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles in 2014 will each receive a €1,650,000 prize, a 10% increase on last year’s awards.

Want to get a first-hand look at the tournament? Be sure to follow these top tennis players on Instagram:

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Food Revolution Day 2014 on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from Food Revolution Day, browse the #FRD2014 hashtag and follow Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) and Food Revolution (@foodrev) on Instagram.

Today marks the third annual Food Revolution Day, a day of global action to get kids excited about healthy food, learn cooking skills and raise awareness of the importance of better food education.

"I won’t ever stop demanding positive change that gives the next generation a brighter future," says UK chef Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver), who started the campaign in 2012. “It’s a sad fact that our children are getting unhealthier and they’re expected to live shorter lives than their parents. This is morally, socially and financially unacceptable, which is exactly why this record will carry on playing.”

From the UK to the Netherlands to Zambia, more than 100 countries are taking part this year. Jamie and his Food Revolution team are hoping to beat last year’s record of 1,260 events, with an aim of 1 million young people cooking on Friday. Schools and football clubs will be cooking alongside world-renowned chefs, and you can join in the fun by finding an activity in your area, going to a farmers’ market or just cooking a healthy meal at home and sharing your creation on Instagram with the #FDR14 hashtag.

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Capturing Cinco de Mayo on Instagram

To view more photos and videos from the Cinco de Mayo celebrations explore the Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de Puebla and Plaza Olvera location pages and browse the #cincodemayo hashtag.

On the fifth of May, or el cinco de Mayo, Mexican communities celebrate their heritage. Though Cinco de Mayo as it has come to be known is celebrated primarily by Mexican-American communities in the United States, the holiday’s roots begin with the 1862 Battle of Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. In the wake of a series of wars throughout the mid-1800s, the French army marched on Veracruz, sending the Mexican president and government into retreat. At the small city of Puebla, however, Mexican resistance defeated the French army despite being heavily outnumbered. Though not a national holiday in Mexico, the town of Puebla marks the day as an official holiday and celebrates with parades and festivities. Drawing on the bolstered morale and pride from the victory, Mexican-Americans in the western United States first adopted Cinco de Mayo as a holiday in the 1860s. Today, Cinco de Mayo stands as an important celebration of cultural heritage and is celebrated with festivals and performances of traditional mariachi and baile folklórico in cities with large Mexican-American communities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston.

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May the Fourth Be with You: Celebrating Star Wars on May 4

For more photos and videos from Star Wars Day celebrations, follow the Star Wars official account (@starwars) and browse the #maythe4thbewithyou and #starwarsday hashtags.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… no one celebrated droids, Wookies or Ewoks on May fourth.

May 4, better known as Star Wars Day, unites fans from across the galaxy in celebration of the popular series and the culture it created. While each of the six live-action films were released in May, the origin of the date actually has a different connection to the series. If you say it out loud, “May the fourth,” you will hear that it nearly echoes the beginning of one of the most beloved Jedi phrases: “May the force be with you.”

Over the past few years, Star Wars fans have given life to the holiday, expressing excitement and dedication to the saga through social media. From watch parties, to trivia and costume contests, to celebrations held in Disney Parks, the force is strong with this annual tradition.

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The Witches and Warlocks of Walpurgisnacht

To view more photos and videos from Walpurgisnacht, explore the Brocken location page and browse the #Walpurgisnacht hashtag.

Every year, six months from Halloween, spring festivals in Northern Europe are held to celebrate the eve of May Day. In Germany, the traditional Walpurgisnacht festival welcomes May 1 with witches and warlocks.

On Walpurgisnacht, or “Walpurgis Night” as it precedes the May Day feast of Saint Walpurgis, it is believed witches congregated for pagan ceremonies in places such as the Harz mountains in Schierke, Germany.

Today, adventurous Instagrammers and tourists make the journey up 1142 meters (3747 feet) to Brocken, where costumed revellers dance among bonfires at dawn. Elsewhere Walpurgis parties are held known as Tanz in den Mai, meaning “dancing into May”, followed by a four-day holiday in the country.

Similar witch festivals also take place on this night in Sweden (Valborgsmässoafton), Finland (Vappu), the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (pálení čarodějnic).

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Breathing New Life into Public Spaces with Open Walls Baltimore

For more photos and videos from Open Walls Baltimore as it unfolds, browse the #OpenWallsBaltimore and #OWB2 hashtags.

The second annual Open Walls Baltimore is underway in Maryland, USA.

Held in the Station North district (@stationnorth) of the city, Open Walls stands as a celebration of street art as more than 20 artists from around the world gather in Baltimore to create large-scale murals in an effort to revitalize public spaces and bring art and color to the local neighborhood. A series of lectures and events also accompanies the cadence of painting until the initiative’s concluding celebration on May 25.

Among the art in progress, street artist escif (@escif) recently completed a much-discussed mural entitled LOOKS MUCH BETTER NOW!, a massive, classic yellow smiley face that brightens up its dilapidated surroundings.

Baltimore street artist Gaia (@gaiastreetart) serves as curator for the event, as well contributing artwork of his own to the walls.

For more from the artists participating in this year’s Open Walls, check out the following accounts on Instagram:

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Commemorating the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah (יום השואה)

To view more photos and videos from Yom HaShoah, browse the #YomHaShoah and #יוםהשואה hashtags and explore the Yad Vashem location page.

From sunset on Saturday to Sunday’s sundown, the Jewish community honors Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), a time to remember the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. In Israel, where Yom HaShoah is a national holiday, flags are lowered to half-mast and people across the country gather for memorial ceremonies held at schools and public squares. Though other countries also recognize Holocaust Remembrance Days of their own, many Jews around the world observe Yom HaShoah at home and at important historical sites. In Yad Vashem, the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, speeches and prayers are given by the Israeli President, Prime Minister and chief rabbis as six torches are lit by Holocaust survivors to pay tribute to victims of the genocide. At 10:00AM local time on Sunday, sirens go off to mark a two-minute moment of silence observed by the nation.