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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Going against health officials recommendations a group of pregnant women came out to participate in this year’s Carnival street parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The women were participants of a family-oriented Carnival bloco (street parades) called Cordão Umbilical (Umbilical Cord) which paraded through the streets of the Humaita neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s impossible to stay at home with a small child,” Rio resident Gabriela Ortis told Agencia Brasil on Saturday, while rehearsing a few samba steps. Ortiz, who is eight months pregnant went to . . .

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