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In Rio's Carnaval, a dancer kicks up his heels

February 20, 2012 |  1:07 pm


Hundreds of thousands of tourists are descending on Rio de Janeiro for five days of partying in a festival drenched with sequins and feathers. What better place to find our daily photo?

Every day, World Now chooses a remarkable shot from around the world. Today our shot comes from Brazil, where dazzling performers are parading through Rio de Janeiro for Carnaval.

This month, Brazilian authorities clamped down on a burgeoning police strike they feared might endanger the festivities, The Times reported. Rio approved 13% raises, but police countrywide want a national minimum wage.

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Strike averted, masses of people have poured into the streets for blocos, dance parties where crowds sing along to blasting Carnaval music.

This year, English speakers can sing along too with “Sargento Pimenta” -- Sgt. Pepper, in Portuguese -- a Beatles-themed party, the Associated Press reports.

Someone has to clean up for this party: Rio has 745 garbage collectors working to keep the city spick-and-span, Global Post reports. One of them became famous more than a decade ago for dancing the samba while he cleaned, launching an unexpected speaking career on how to be happy. He's still at work.


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Photo: Performers from the Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school parade during Carnaval celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Credit: Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press