Carnival Kicks Off in Rio

Brazil's famous carnival parade began Sunday in Rio de Janeiro and ended Monday morning. At the top of the line was Brazil's oldest samba group — and it had more than 4,000 dancers. The 13 competing dance groups come from Rio's shantytowns, and spend many thousands of dollars to impress

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Brazil's famous carnival parade began yesterday in Rio de Janeiro and ran right through this morning. No wonder at the top of the line was Brazil's oldest samba group — and it had more than 4,000 dancers dressed up like glamorous Aztecs accompanied by a huge golden lion swinging its paw above a gold float. The competing dance groups come from Rio's shantytowns, but they spend thousands of dollars to impress.

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