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Beatles inspired Carnival street party rocks Rio

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A reveler with the iconic Yellow Submarine painted on her face participates in the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," at the Aterro do Flamengo urban park in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 20.

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Revelers sing during the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," at the Aterro do Flamengo urban park, in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 20. The group that organizes the party gives the Beatles repertoire a Brazilian tweak, adapting "All My Loving" to the peppy beat of a traditional Carnival "marchinha," and infusing "Hard Day's Night" with a Rio funk sound.

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A reveler puckers up during a Beatles-themed street party,

English speakers got their moment in the Carnival sun on Monday as a wild, Beatles-themed street party let them shake it up, baby, with a samba swing to "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," a Rio funk inspired "Hard Day's Night," and "Hey Jude" spiked with an infectious upbeat energy. 

"Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," is one of more than 400 raucous street parties that spring up throughout Rio de Janeiro during Carnival season.

-- The Associated Press contributed to the blog post

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A couple kiss in a crowd gathered to participate in the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper," on Feb. 20.

Dado Galdieri / AP

A stranger attempts, unsuccessfully, to convince a party-goer dressed as a ballerina to stay with him, as the other two similarly dressed friends run off during the Beatles-themed street party, "Sargento Pimenta," Portuguese for "Sergeant Pepper."

David Mercado / Reuters

From Rio de Janeiro to Venice revelers took to the streets in colorful costumes.