People dressed in intricate 'Peliquiero' garb run during the ancient carnival or 'Entroido' of Laza near Ourense northwestern Spain on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO ARMESTRE
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Swatting aside fears over the Zika virus, the glittering dancers of the Rio Carnival samba championship and their adoring fans were primed Sunday for their first all-night parade.After a fortnight of street parties, thousands of gallons of beer, and the day and night sound of drumming and singing throughout Brazil's most iconic city, the really serious Carnival fun was set to begin at 23:30 GMT.Kicking off after sunset and going all through the night to dawn Monday, the 12 best samba ensembles, known as schools, were to strut their stuff in front of some 70,000 people in Rio's specially built stadium, the Sambadrome.The contest, which goes through a second and final night Monday, is the climax of the annual Rio Carnival, possibly the world's biggest party, with some five million people, including one million tourists, estimated to take part.The productions in Rio are expected to be less over the top this year, while in 48 Brazilian cities, the Carnival was cancelled altogether.
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