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Carnival 2015 Celebrations Officially Begin in Rio de Janeiro

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – When Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes handed Rei Momo (King Momo) the key to the city on Friday, February 13th, the 2015 Rio Carnival officially began. Continuing through Tuesday, February 17th, the five-day-celebration will take over the city with revelers from around the world filling city streets, the famed Sambódromo, and venues throughout Rio for parades, parties, and colorful, samba fueled pre-lenten celebrations.

Helping to usher in the official start of Carnival on Friday, was the Carnaval da Rua (Street Carnival). Consisting of groups known . . .

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