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By Stephanie Foden, Contributing Reporter

SALVADOR, BRAZIL – Nearly 500,000 foreign visitors flock to Brazil for its biggest holiday each year, famous the world over, Carnival in Brazil is characterized by a week-long celebration of music, dance, parades and non-stop parties. While customs, costumes and style vary by region, Rio de Janeiro's get the most attention internationally, but the Northeast is growing a reputation as well.

Over the past few decades, while Rio has placed more emphasis on its samba school parade . . .

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