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Tuesday 29 July 2014

One million people flock to Brazil carnival parties

Published 01/03/2014|18:35

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A reveller dressed as a character from the movie Avatar during carnival celebrations in Rio (AP)
A reveller dressed as a character from the movie Avatar during carnival celebrations in Rio (AP)
Dancers from a samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil (AP)
Dancers from a samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil (AP)
Revellers take part in the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 1, 2014. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival will be held from February 28 to March 4. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Revellers take part in the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro

Streets across Brazil have been swamped with carnival revellers, with the largest parties attracting more than one million merrymakers.

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In Rio de Janeiro, one of the most traditional "bloco" street parties hit fever pitch before noon, with the city's tourism officials saying more than one million people gathered for the bash.

At the Heaven on Earth party in Rio's bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood, thousands gathered at dawn.

One of the party's themes this year is a protest against the billions being spent to host the World Cup football tournament. The crowd occasionally chanted: "There will be no Cup! There will be no Cup!"

Carnival runs until Ash Wednesday, though parties continue to pop up for a further few weeks.

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