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Sequins, beer, robberies at Rio's pet Carnival parade

Published on Feb 4, 2013 9:40 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Hundreds of pets decked out with sequins, ruffles and hats paraded on Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Sunday in an annual pre-Carnival extravaganza briefly interrupted by a spate of robberies.

The annual "blocao," a play on the Portuguese words for "street party" and "dog," brought together dogs and their owners on the Copacabana promenade for a colourful concert of barks and samba accompanied by an unofficial contest for the best costume.

Among them were a chihuahua disguised as a peacock, a Cinderella poodle and a bulldog from the feared Rio police's Special Operations Battalion.

Veteran Franzao, a 16-year-old poodle, caused sensation with her leather boots, long dreadlocks and a hat with Jamaican colors in honor of Olodum, a famous samba-reggae ensemble from the northeastern city of Salvador.

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