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Brazil's Wild Carnival Parades Roll On

Samba schools prepare and practice for months for Brazil's Carnival, which attracts visitors from around the globe.

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The float of the samba school Mocidade rolls through the Sambadrome on Feb. 7, the first night of parades, during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. 

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Members of "Unidos da Tijuca" take part in the first day of parades.

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Mocidade School's parade display was based on Don Quixote.

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Members of the Uniao da Ilha do Governador Samba School perform at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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A member of Mocidade dances.

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A member of the Grande Rio samba school performs. 

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A member of the Beija Flor Samba School performs at the Sambadrome. 

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A member of the Beija Flor Samba School performs.

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A dragon-shaped float from the Beija Flor Samba School.

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A performer from the Beija Flor samba school. 

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A member of the Uniao da Ilha do Governador Samba School does a handstand while in a wheelchair. 

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A performer from Beija Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. 

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Performers from the Uniao da Ilha parade during carnival celebrations.

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Performers from the Beija Flor samba school interact with the crowd. 

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Performers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parade in front of a replica of Rio's famous "Christ the Redeemer" statue. 

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A performer from Uniao da Ilha samba school blows bubbles. 

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A performer from Estacio de Sa samba school points at the camera during the first night of during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. 

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