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RIO DE JANEIRO - Thousands of people hit the streets of Rio de Janeiro at the weekend for a traditional street parade ahead of the annual world-famous carnival celebrations.
The revelers headed for what is known as "Christ's Armpit" -- overlooked by the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
The parade, which has taken place since the 1980s, was themed this year around Brazilian artist Bispo do Rosario.
With one week to go before the carnival begins, technicians and samba dancers alike have been setting the stage with rehearsals at Rio's Sambadrome.