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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While hundreds of thousands of Carnival-goers flock to streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, many smaller cities have cancelled or drastically reduced the traditional festivities due to the economic woes faced by the country. For the administrators who run these smaller cities, the money, used in past years for the traditional parades, will be used for health, education and infrastructure.

“We are not against Carnival, but administering a city requires (one to) choose priorities,” explained Clayton Machado, mayor of Valinhos, 90 km from São Paulo . . .

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