Latin America & Caribbean

Rio de Janeiro celebrates 450th birthday with huge cake

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Image caption The city's residents took to the streets to mark the anniversary of its founding by Portuguese explorer Estacio de Sa
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Image caption The festivities started with a gun salute at the site where the first colonizers are believed to have landed in 1565 and was followed by live music and dancing
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Image caption The centrepiece of the celebrations was a 450m-long cake made with 2.2 tonnes of flour, 1.9 tonnes of sugar and 3,000 eggs
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Image caption The enormous creation was served up on a long table stretching down Carioca Street in the heart of the city
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Image caption The city's mayor, Eduardo Paes, joined the party, blowing birthday candles out on part of the cake
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Image caption The mayor also joined President Dilma Rousseff to open the new Rio 450 freight traffic tunnel as part of the celebrations
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Image caption But the crowds were more concerned with the cake, jumping in to get a piece before it disappeared
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Image caption It wasn't long before local children joined the party - but some of them had trouble finding their mouths
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Image caption It took twelve chefs several days to create, but the cake was quickly devoured by the party-goers

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