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Brazil Carnival in pictures: Rio and Sao Paulo burst into party

The Carnival of Brazil is an annual festival held between the Friday afternoon and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter.

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Performers from the Mocidade samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source - AP)

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Performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP Photo)

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Unidos da Tijuca samba school Drum Queen Juliana Alves performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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A reveller of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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A reveller of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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Performers from the Mocidade samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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A performer from Grande Rio samba school parades during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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A reveller of Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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A reveller of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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A reveller of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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Performers from Beija Flor samba school parade during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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Performers from Beija Flor samba school parade during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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Performer from Beija Flor samba school parades on a float during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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Performers from Beija Flor samba school parade during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Source: AP)

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Brazilian actress Claudia Raia performs with Beija-Flor samba school during the carnival parade at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, February 8, 2016. (Source: Reuters)

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Rio de Janeiro : Drum queen Bianca Leao, from Uniao da Ilha samba school, dances during the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Source: AP)