Brazil Carnival: Samba, parades liven up Rio street parties

World | | February 11, 2013, 4:38 pm
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A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school dances during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school dances during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participate during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participate during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participate during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participate during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participates in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participates in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participate during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school participate during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school sings on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

A performer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school sings on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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A dancer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school dances during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

A dancer from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school dances during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Drum queen Bruna Bruno, from Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school, dances during carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Drum queen Bruna Bruno, from Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school, dances during carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school participate in the carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Brazil's Carnival celebrations cut loose, but the parades, block parties and overall festivities began under the pall of a recent nightclub fire that killed 238 people in the southern city of Santa Maria.<br><br>Performers from the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Brazil's Carnival celebrations cut loose, but the parades, block parties and overall festivities began under the pall of a recent nightclub fire that killed 238 people in the southern city of Santa Maria.

Performers from the Academicos do Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Drum queen Patricia Nery, from the Portela samba school, parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Drum queen Patricia Nery, from the Portela samba school, parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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Performers from the Portela samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

Performers from the Portela samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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A performer from the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A performer from the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.