A flowery celebration

People carrying flower arrangements on their backs during the Festival of the Flowers in Medellin, Colombia, on Sunday. More than 24,000 visitors were expected to attend the annual festival - the city's biggest - during which people carry flowers on
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People carrying flower arrangements on their backs during the Festival of the Flowers in Medellin, Colombia, on Sunday. More than 24,000 visitors were expected to attend the annual festival - the city's biggest - during which people carry flowers on their backs to celebrate the end of slavery, as slaves were once forced to carry wealthy people.

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