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By Rob Sawers, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Reminiscent of Rio’s world famous Carnival with wild street parties, elaborate costumes, and loud parades playing Afro-Brazilian music, is São Luís’ Bumba-meu-boi festival. Celebrating the month of São João (Saint John), the festival lasts from June to July and attracts visitors from across Brazil and around the world.

The festival is loosely associated with the celebration of Saint John, but Christian elements are few and . . .

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