Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

A reveller of the Beija Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed carnival parades on February 20, 2012. The night parades in Rio's hallowed Sambadrome marked the high point of the pre-Lent bacchanalian Carnival festival, which is bringing this racially diverse country of 191 million people, virtually to a stop.
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