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Brazil's Rio Carnival 2013 preparations in full swing

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Every year before the beginning of Lent, Brazilian carnivals featuring massive parades that double as samba dancing competitions are held across the country. Preparations are already well underway for the events, including in Brazil's two largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, whose parades will be held Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 10-11, respectively.
Teams set to compete in the carnivals spend months preparing. Here, a member of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school paints a yaguarete effigy on Feb. 4, during preparations for the famous carnival parade at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro.

Credit:

ANTONIO SCORZA

Every year before the beginning of Lent, Brazilian carnivals featuring massive parades that double as samba dance competitions are held across the country.

Preparations are already well underway for the events, including in Brazil's two largest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, whose parades are being held Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 10-11, respectively.

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    Every year before the beginning of Lent, Brazilian carnivals featuring massive parades that double as samba dancing competitions are held across the country. Preparations are already well underway for the events, including in Brazil's two largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, whose parades will be held Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 10-11, respectively.
    Teams set to compete in the carnivals spend months preparing. Here, a member of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school paints a yaguarete effigy on Feb. 4, during preparations for the famous carnival parade at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro.

    Credit:

    ANTONIO SCORZA

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    A member of Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school works on a huge crocodile dummy atop a float during preparations for Carnival.

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    ANTONIO SCORZA

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    A member of the Beija Flor samba school works on a float on Jan. 18, three weeks before the start of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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    CHRISTOPHE SIMON

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    A man works in a carnival float for the Beija Flor samba school on Jan. 18, in preparation for Rio's Carnival.

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    CHRISTOPHE SIMON

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    A man works on carnival costumes for the Ilha do Governador samba school, three weeks before the start of carnival in Rio de Janeiro, on Jan. 18.

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    CHRISTOPHE SIMON

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    A member of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school paints an indigenous figure on a float on Feb. 4 during preparations for Carnival in Rio.

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    ANTONIO SCORZA

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    Beyond creating the sets and costumes, performers focus on their routines. Here, a member of the children's samba school Estacio de Sa takes part in a rehearsal on Feb. 1 for the upcoming carnival special group parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro.

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    VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

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    A rehearsal was also held in São Paulo on Jan. 5. A dancer from the Gavioes da Fiel samba school performs during the rehearsal at the Sambadrome.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    Performers from the X-9 Paulistana Samba school prepare for the Jan. 5 rehearsal at the Sambadrome in São Paulo.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    Members of the Gavioes da Fiel samba school perform during the Jan. 5 São Paulo rehearsal.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    A dancer from the Gavioes da Fiel samba school rehearses on Jan. 5 in São Paulo.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    Dancers from the X-9 Paulistana Samba school perform during the rehearsal on Jan. 5 in São Paulo's Sambadrome.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    A dancer from the X-9 Paulistana Samba school takes a break during rehearsal in São Paulo on Jan. 5.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    Performers from the X-9 Paulistana Samba school rehearse on Jan. 5 for Carnival in the Sambadrome in São Paulo.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    And as the performers prepare, so does the rest of the city. On Jan. 9 in São Gonçalo, about 35 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro, a Condal factory employee works on masks of Brazilian football star Neymar to be sold for Carnival.

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    VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

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    Policemen watch the placement of a provisional police booth at Rio Branco avenue in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 1, ahead of the upcoming carnival parades.

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    ANTONIO SCORZA

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    Sometime before Carnival, a royal court is chosen through a competition. Here, this year's first Princess the Carnival for São Paulo, Kimberlyn Muriel Adabe Santos, dances during the competition on Jan. 17.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    Marcos da Silva, who was a candidate to be King Momo in Rio's Carnival, performs during the Nov. 4 contest in Rio de Janeiro.

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    ANTONIO SCORZA

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    Janaina de Azevedo dances as a candidate for Queen of Rio's Carnival during the Carnival's Queen of the Samba 2013 contest on Nov. 4.

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    ANTONIO SCORZA

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    Gledson Fonseca (L) is crowned the new Momo King of São Paulo's Carnival late on Jan. 17.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    The new queen of São Paulo's Carnival, Ariellen da Silva Domiciano receives her sash after the competition for the new king, queen and princess.

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    YASUYOSHI CHIBA

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    While Brazil's carnival's are scheduled for next week, some Latin American countries have alreay hosted carnivals this season. Here, a reveler dances during the Carnaval de Cali Viejo parade, held on Dec. 28, 2012, in Cali, Colombia. This parade makes a tour of the popular people and most important historical events of this region of the country.

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    LUIS ROBAYO

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    Dancers perform during the Carnaval de Cali Viejo parade on Dec. 28 in Cali, Colombia.

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    LUIS ROBAYO

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    On Jan. 18, 2013 during the Llamadas in Encarnacion, one of Paraguay's biggest carnival parades, performers from the San Clemente samba school in Rio de Janeiro dance with the King of the Carnival.

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    NORBERTO DUARTE

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    A woman poses with her fancy-dressed dog during the animals' carnival at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach on Feb. 3, 2013.

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    CHRISTOPHE SIMON