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A Taste of Carnival: Rio 2011

8 Mar

Carnival only happens once a year, and is rooted in Catholic tradition. The festival occurs 40 days before Easter, and can be symbolized as the farewell to bodily pleasures before lent begins. And while many Catholic communities around the world celebrate, the most well known party happens in Rio de Janeiro. Pamela Anderson and football legend Ronaldinho made appearances this year, and bonus points for a samba dancing stormtrooper group. As Carnival wraps up in Brazil, take a look at some of the highlights in color and costume.

Photos courtesy of the Belfast Telegraph

More photos from CNN here.