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Gold and feathered samba dancers spice up Carnival celebrations in Rio

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A dancer with the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs during Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on Feb. 12.

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Members of the Beija Flor Samba School perform during Carnival at the Sambodrome on Feb. 12, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The Grande Rio samba school performs during Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Feb. 12.

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Dancers with the Grande Rio samba school perform during the second night of Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Feb. 12.

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A performer from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on Feb. 12.