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Carnival Photos: Brazil Celebrates With Two-Day Parade

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Millions of partiers descended on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this weekend, gathering for the biggest holiday of the year: Carnival. The city is known for its massive two-day parade, which culminates in a Fat Tuesday celebration and falls just before the Catholic season of Lent. See photos from this year's festivities.

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A man covered in mud holds up his mud covered dog as another reveler takes a picture during the "Bloco da Lama," or "Mud Block" carnival parade.

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Jennifer Lopez in the VIP box of Brahma at Rio de Janeiro's carnival.

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A dancer performs during the Carnival parade of the Imperio de Casa Verde samba school in Sao Paulo.

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Millions watch the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival parade.

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Performers from the Renascer de Jacarepagua samba school dance on a float during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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A dancer from the Renascer de Jacarepagua samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A reveler of Camisa Verde e Branco samba school adjusts her costume before participating in the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome.

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A reveller of Rosas de Ouro samba school.

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Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school perform during the first night of parades. Rio's two nights of famously extravagant Carnival parades began late on February 18 in a burst of fireworks and to the cheers of festivalgoers who have been partying on the streets for days.

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The Rio Carnival, billed as "the greatest show on Earth" generates 250,000 jobs and revenues of $640 million for hotels, bars and restaurants, according to state estimates.

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Members of Renascer de Jacarepagua samba school perform.