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By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While millions of enthusiastic Cariocas (Rio residents) and foreign tourists attended Rio de Janeiro's Carnival blocos (street parties) and the Sambódromo samba school competitions, millions more celebrated with equal fervor throughout the country. Many Brazilians consider the Carnival in the city of Salvador to include the biggest street parties in the world.

The capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia and the largest city on the northeast . . .

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