Rio Carnival 2012, Brazil

Today marks the beginning of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Carnival which is one of the world’s most well known and spectacular Carnivals. This annual event is held every February in the Sambadrome – the official samba stadium where the Carnival is held – and attracts millions of visitors from around the world. This year’s Rio Carnival is particularly important as it is hoped that the high numbers of participants and visitors at this year’s event (which is expected to be upwards of five million), will prove that Brazil is capable of hosting multiple events with huge visitor numbers in the near future, with both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games taking place in Brazil.

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