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Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

Carnival begins in Rio

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 14 February 2015, 02:53:53 PM
Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

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Rio de Janeiro has kicked off the five days of over-the-top parades and raucous, alcohol-soaked street parties that make up its world-famous Carnival celebrations.
Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

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Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes on Thursday handed over the keys of the city to King Momo, the mythical jester who reigns over the extravaganza.
Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

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This year’s celebration will be a chance for Brazilians to forget the recent avalanche of bad news, from a stalling economy to rising crime to an ongoing corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras.
Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

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More than 450 street parties are slated to bring millions of people onto Rio streets, including some 970,000 tourists. Paes says the visitors are expected to inject around $780 million into the local economy.
Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

Let's Party: Carnival begins in Rio

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Carnival wraps up on Wednesday.