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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Large crowds during Carnival are no longer restricted to Rio de Janeiro, with São Paulo and Brasília registering significant increases this year in the number of tourists coming into these cities to see the parades and attend the blocos (street parties).

“Exceeding all expectations, the growth in the number of visitors in the [São Paulo] Sambódromo was of around 167 percent and in the street Carnivals the increase was 203 percent,” said São Paulo’s tourist bureau, SPTuris in a press release.

According to SPTouris . . .

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