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9. Paratay
Paraty loves to put on a good festival, starting with has its own odd version of  Easter Carnaval. Hundreds of young revelers dance through the cobblestone streets and during Holy Week beautiful torchlit processions take place. For Corpus Christi in June, streets are covered in coloured sawdust, leaves, flowers, coffee grounds and chalk. New festivals keep springing up each year; recent additions include festivals of photography, gastronomy and seafood.

10. Natal
Carnatal takes to the streets with Salvador-style trios elétricos and blocos sporting names like Jerimum (Pumpkin) and Burro Elétrico (Electric Donkey). It's the wildest out-of-season Carnaval in the country - held in the early weeks of December, it is a great substitute for anyone who can't make it to the real deal.

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