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For Dayana Barros, Carnival always meant leaving Sao Paulo for the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador, where she participated in its famous street parties throughout her childhood. But in the past few years, Sao Paulo has experienced an explosion of "blocos," the singing and dancing parties normally associated with Carnival in Brazil's northeast and, more recently, Rio de Janeiro.This year, the metropolis that many have traditionally seen as too buttoned-up and serious to host a good party expects 4 million people to flood its streets – making the celebrations in Brazil's financial capital competitive with those in Salvador and Rio.Mayor Joao Doria added that hotel occupancy for the holiday period is already nearly 70 percent – compared to an average of 25 percent a decade ago when Sao Paulo hotels considered the Carnival period to be a low season.Carnival is no mere party.In fact, many cite Carnival's connection with political unrest as a reason that street parties were initially wiped out in Sao Paulo.
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