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Carnival Courage


RIO DE JANEIRO - It is hard to think of much else besides Carnival these days, the streets of Rio are taken over by blocos (street parties) and the media glistens with colorful images of samba school parades.

The official four days of Carnival start on Saturday, February 13th and last until Tuesday, February 16th, but the festivities and celebrations started in full swing last weekend.

Some may find it curious that an entire city seems to shut down for a two week blow-out, marked by public drinking, dancing and urinating. Some may think it sounds like the best . . .

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