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Brazil's Rio Carnival 2013 preparations in full swing

Onstage and behind the scenes, Brazilians are preparing for their most famous festival.

Brazil's Rio Carnival 2013 preparations in full swing

Every year before the beginning of Lent, Brazilian carnivals featuring massive parades that double as samba dance competitions are held across the country.

Preparations are already well underway for the events, including in Brazil's two largest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, whose parades are being held Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 10-11, respectively.