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Brazil carnival: Party season begins in Rio

Five days of dancing, drinking and spectacular costumes have begun in Brazil as the country's carnival season gets under way across the country.

Celebrations in Rio were kicked off when the city mayor handed a symbolic key to the Carnival King, known locally as King Momo.

Around one million tourists are expected in Rio alone for the event.

It comes a difficult time for Brazil, with the country facing water shortages and concerns over the economy.

Big-selling masks this year are reportedly those of President Dilma Rousseff and Maria das Gracas Foster, former chief executive at the corruption-mired Brazilian energy giant Petrobras.

In Rio and Sao Paulo, much of the focus will be on the famous Samba school competitions.

The top schools face off against each other, trying to win points in categories like percussion and dancing enthusiasm.

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