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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Cloudy skies and the threat of thunderstorms throughout the weekend did not discouraged thousands of partygoers from flocking to the streets over the weekend in Rio de Janeiro for pre-Carnival ‘blocos’.

The city’s urban cleaning company, Comlurb, collected 11.1 tons of garbage left by revelers who paraded in the more than twenty groups that celebrated on Saturday and Sunday.

The Banda de Ipanema, one of the most traditional blocos of Rio's Carnival, summoned thousands to the streets of Ipanema neighborhood in its first of three parades . . .

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