Photos: Brazilians prepare for Carnival

Photos: Brazilians prepare for Carnival

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SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: A military police officer walks past revelers dressed in traditional Carnival costumes on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the country?s preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de Janeiro?s Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Posted on February 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:14 AM

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