Rio's Carnival

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Japanese performers from the Mangueira samba school, parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. While non-Brazilians have long shelled out hundreds of dollars for the right to dress up in over-the-top costumes and boogie in Rio's samba school parades, which wrapped up Monday in an all-night extravaganza, few in the so-called "alas dos gringos," or “foreigners' wings,” know how to dance the samba well, bopping along goofily in the parades and waving at the crowds of spectators. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebrations kick off with a explosion of color and wild pageantry.

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