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Rio Street Party Attracts More than 1.5 Million

Posted: Feb. 19th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
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BBC

After months of planning and advertising the Corao de Bola Preta street parade was a total success in Rio de Janeiro. This year’s 95th edition racked 1.5 million partygoers. Only about 100 people where arrest for minor crimes thus leaving a impressive foot print stating that this party was a peaceful one.

The samba-dancing crowd filled the streets of Rio's business district and some passed out under the summer heat.

Police arrested more than 100 partygoers for minor crimes, but the majority of celebrations were peaceful, officials say.

About 700 other street parties and the world-renowned samba schools' parade will take place in Rio until Tuesday.

The Cordao do Bola Preta 95th annual street parade kicked off at 1000 (1400 GMT) on Saturday.

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