A reveler of the Sao Clemente samba school performs during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on March 3, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
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Brazil is known for its exotic fauna, but the creatures on display Sunday night for the opening round of Rio's exuberant Carnival parade were a motley crew even by local standards.The Carnival competition sees the city's top samba groups, or schools, parade in the Sambadrome, each delivering an over-the-top, hourlong display aimed at capturing the annual title.Imperio da Tijuca, the school that opened this year's competition, was ostensibly fielding an African theme, so its huge crab-shaped float was a perplexing choice.The competition continued Monday night with displays by six additional schools.
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