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Rio Carnival brings 1.5m people to Brazil

This weekend saw the Rio Carnival go off with a bang, with the world-famous street-party drawing an estimated 1.5m revellers to its opening parade. Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with Carnival and the party lifestyle, and for five days every February, the city is transformed into a sprawling mass of samba-dancing street parties, filled with the extravagant colours of the traditional, elaborate samba costumes and the sound of music spilling out through the streets. The 95th annual Cordao do Bola Preta street party started the celebrations at 10.00am on Saturday, with huge crowds of party-goers descending on Rio’s business district for one of the most traditional parades of Carnival. The parade began after King Momo, the legendary king of the carnivals, declared Carnival 2013 open after receiving a symbolic key to the city from Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes. The party will continue until Tuesday, reaching a climax at the legendary Sambodrome venue, where Rio’s samba schools unite to put on the most spectacular show of Carnival. This is considered to be the “must-see” show and highlight of any Carnival, as the 12 samba schools battle to be crowned Carnival champion. Carnival’s enduring appeal with tourists and revellers is clear, with the city pulsing with energy during five uninhibited days of exuberant celebrations. Rio de Janeiro is one of South America’s most popular tourist destinations, and with such a celebratory, life affirming atmosphere, which reaches its climax during the heady week of Carnival, it is easy to see why. Image sources: 1 2 3
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