A reveller from the Alegria da Zona Sul samba school takes part in the Group A category of the annual Carnival parade in ...

Carnival kicks off in Rio

The five days of over-the-top parades and raucous, alcohol-soaked street parties that make up Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival celebrations kicked off on Friday.

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Images of beautiful bodies on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches haven't done Brazil's tourism image any harm.

So, who wants to go to Brazil?

Will the World Cup host nation have more luck with tourism than it did on the pitch?

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