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Rio's Carnival party

<p>Drum Queen Raissa Oliveira of the Beija-flor samba school participates on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Drum Queen Raissa Oliveira of the Beija-flor samba school participates on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Drum Queen Raissa Oliveira of the Beija-flor samba school participates on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Brazilian actress Claudia Raia participates with the Beija-flor samba school on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.          REUTERS/Sergio Moraes</p>

Brazilian actress Claudia Raia participates with the Beija-flor samba school on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Brazilian actress Claudia Raia participates with the Beija-flor samba school on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>A reveler of the Grande Rio samba school participates in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.      REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

A reveler of the Grande Rio samba school participates in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A reveler of the Grande Rio samba school participates in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen holds onto a friend as she dances to samba music during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.    REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino</p>

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen holds onto a friend as she dances to samba music during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen holds onto a friend as she dances to samba music during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Brazilian pop singer Roberto Carlos (R) waves from atop a float of the Beija-flor samba school on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Brazilian pop singer Roberto Carlos (R) waves from atop a float of the Beija-flor samba school on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Brazilian pop singer Roberto Carlos (R) waves from atop a float of the Beija-flor samba school on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011.     REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>A reveler of the Porto da Pedra samba school is suspended from a balloon during the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.          REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino</p>

A reveler of the Porto da Pedra samba school is suspended from a balloon during the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A reveler of the Porto da Pedra samba school is suspended from a balloon during the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho participates as drummer in the Mangueira samba school, in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho participates as drummer in the Mangueira samba school, in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho participates as drummer in the Mangueira samba school, in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revellers of the Beija-flor samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revellers of the Beija-flor samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revellers of the Beija-flor samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revellers of the Grande Rio samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.   REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Revellers of the Grande Rio samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Revellers of the Grande Rio samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Canadian actress Pamela Anderson sits with a friend as they watch the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Canadian actress Pamela Anderson sits with a friend as they watch the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Canadian actress Pamela Anderson sits with a friend as they watch the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>A reveler of the Porto da Pedra samba school hangs from a balloon on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011.         REUTERS/Sergio Moraes</p>

A reveler of the Porto da Pedra samba school hangs from a balloon on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A reveler of the Porto da Pedra samba school hangs from a balloon on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Revellers of the Porto da Pedra samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes</p>

Revellers of the Porto da Pedra samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Revellers of the Porto da Pedra samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Revellers of the Porto da Pedra samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revellers of the Porto da Pedra samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revellers of the Porto da Pedra samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.   REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revelers of the Mocidade Independiente samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revelers of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011.   REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Revelers of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Revelers of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011.            REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.              REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revelers of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Drum Queen Bruna Bruno of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participates in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Drum Queen Bruna Bruno of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participates in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Drum Queen Bruna Bruno of the Uniao da Ilha samba school participates in the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revelers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Revelers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Revelers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Spectators take photos of revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.     REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Spectators take photos of revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Spectators take photos of revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Drum Queen Sabrina Sato of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.          REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Drum Queen Sabrina Sato of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Drum Queen Sabrina Sato of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Revellers of the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino</p>

Revellers of the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Revellers of the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>A reveller of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino</p>

A reveller of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A reveller of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.     REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho watches the annual carnival parade with his friends, in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.    REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho watches the annual carnival parade with his friends, in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho watches the annual carnival parade with his friends, in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revellers of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revellers of the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.     REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

Revellers of the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Revellers of the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>A reveller makes her way home after the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 8, 2011.         REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes</p>

A reveller makes her way home after the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A reveller makes her way home after the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 8, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>A young reveller pauses on a bridge under which floats are arriving for the first night of the Carnival parade of samba schools, in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.  REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino </p>

A young reveller pauses on a bridge under which floats are arriving for the first night of the Carnival parade of samba schools, in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A young reveller pauses on a bridge under which floats are arriving for the first night of the Carnival parade of samba schools, in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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<p>A reveller arrives for the first night of the Carnival parade of samba schools in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.   REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

A reveller arrives for the first night of the Carnival parade of samba schools in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A reveller arrives for the first night of the Carnival parade of samba schools in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>A reveller dances in the annual block party known as the "Ceu na Terra", one of the many carnival parties to take place in neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes</p>

A reveller dances in the annual block party known as the "Ceu na Terra", one of the many carnival parties to take place in neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

A reveller dances in the annual block party known as the "Ceu na Terra", one of the many carnival parties to take place in neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Revellers participate in an annual block party known as "Banda de Ipanema", one of the many carnival parties taking place in neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Revellers participate in an annual block party known as "Banda de Ipanema", one of the many carnival parties taking place in neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Revellers participate in an annual block party known as "Banda de Ipanema", one of the many carnival parties taking place in neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>Revellers participate in the annual block party known as the "Ceu na Terra", one of the many carnival parties to take place in neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Revellers participate in the annual block party known as the "Ceu na Terra", one of the many carnival parties to take place in neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Revellers participate in the annual block party known as the "Ceu na Terra", one of the many carnival parties to take place in neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Princess dances after the opening ceremony of the Carnival celebrations  in Rio de Janeiro March 4, 2011.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Princess dances after the opening ceremony of the Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro March 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Princess dances after the opening ceremony of the Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro March 4, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>A reveller prepares for the start of the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

A reveller prepares for the start of the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A reveller prepares for the start of the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>A reveller of the Sao Clemente samba school gets ready for the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011.  REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

A reveller of the Sao Clemente samba school gets ready for the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A reveller of the Sao Clemente samba school gets ready for the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome March 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>A worker prepares a carnival float at Unidos da Tijuca Samba School in Rio de Janeiro March 1, 2011. The Rio de Janeiros's Carnival parade will held March 5-6. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

A worker prepares a carnival float at Unidos da Tijuca Samba School in Rio de Janeiro March 1, 2011. The Rio de Janeiros's Carnival parade will held March 5-6. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A worker prepares a carnival float at Unidos da Tijuca Samba School in Rio de Janeiro March 1, 2011. The Rio de Janeiros's Carnival parade will held March 5-6. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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