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Brazil's Carnival set to kick off this weekend

February 15, 2012

Carnival is one of the most highly anticipated annual events in Brazil, and this year's festivities will start around the nation on Friday. Ahead of the events, there is a parade for pets in Rio de Janeiro called Blacao, according to The Associated Press. Brazilians from all over the country and even a few from other parts of the world travel to Rio to take part in the parade with their furry friends, but the bulk of the participants are local dogs and a handful of cats.

"The animal excitement is taking over Copacabana," parade organizer Marco Antonio Toto told the news source. "The neighborhood of Copacabana has currently the most dog owners per square meter. It deserves this prestigious party. Our animals deserve this celebration."

The pet parade is just the beginning of the festivities. When the actual event begins, the streets will be filled with live music, brightly colored costumes, food vendors, performers and spectators. Those who cannot attend the festivities can find out how things are going by calling Brazil and talking to their friends about what they missed.

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