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Friday, October 16, 2009

Carnaval gained popularity in Brazil during the 1830s when the rising middle class imported the practice of masquerade parties from Paris. The festival eventually melded African and native Indian characteristics to create a Carnaval of distinct flavor. French cabaret dancers from the Moulin Rouge pose during a photo call in Rio de Janeiro February 20, 2009. The dancers were in Rio de Janeiro to participate in the carnival festivities by the top samba groups. (REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

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