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Samba and sequins: Rio carnival in pictures

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Brazil's most famous carnival celebrations have taken place in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 70,000 people gathered at the city's huge concrete arena known as the Sambadrome, where samba schools compete to be crowned carnival champions.
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image captionMore than a dozen elite samba schools paraded on Sunday and Monday
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image captionThe schools aim to dazzle both judges and audiences with ornate costumes and big routines
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image captionEach school is judged on elements such as choreography, atmosphere, organisation and singing
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image captionSome schools featured the country's indigenous communities this year
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image captionDespite reduced city subsidies, the samba schools still managed to put on a good show
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image captionOne dancer was inspired by Charlie Chaplin in his costume
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image captionThis float was an homage to Marielle Franco, a black city councillor and human rights activist from one of the city's poor favela districts who was shot dead last year
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image captionThe competition between samba schools is fierce, with each school trying to outdo the next one
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image captionNewspaper O Globo says the event is "another way of crying and protesting: we are alive!"
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image captionSome seven million people were expected overall at what is said to be one of the world's largest street parties
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