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By Amy Skalmusky, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For many the word Carnival is synonymous with Sambódromo, the location of the spectacular annual parade of Samba schools, with each year surpassing the last in extravagance. Once again Rio’s 2011 Carnival promises to dazzle the 70,000 spectators at the Sambódromo (Marquês da Sapucaí).

Tickets and costumes to parade for the Special Group parade . . .

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