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To the beat of drums and tambourines, hundreds of revellers from around the world dressed up as Carmelite nuns and other characters on Friday to celebrate the first day of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. (March 1)

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Rio de Janeiro - 28 Feb 2014

++UPSOUND OF MUSIC OVER ALL SHOTS++

1. Wide top shot of Carmelitas bloc party going through street

2. Top shot of bloc party revellers and girl on stilts dressed in costume

3. Mid tracking shot of dressed-up revellers dancing

4. Mid top of percussionists

5. Mid of man dressed up as Carmelite nun dancing and singing

6. Wide low angle of Carmelitas dancers singing and dancing

7. Mid of man dressed up as King Kong dancing with woman dressed as doll

8. Close of woman dressed up as Carmelite nun, dancing and singing

9. Wide of British tourist Lisa Baker (in red top) dancing along street with procession

10. Zoom in of percussionist dressed up as Carmelite nun dancing

11. Mid of drummers

12. Zoom in to percussionist playing

13. Close of woman dressed up as Eve (from Bible) pretending to eat the forbidden fruit (apple)

14. Mid of group of men dressed up as leopards dancing

15. Mid tracking shot of man kissing woman dressed as nun

STORYLINE

To the beat of drums and tambourines, hundreds of revellers from around the world dressed up as Carmelite nuns and other characters on Friday to celebrate the first day of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Tourists and residents alike joined in the fun as musicians and performers, dressed in brightly-coloured outfits, entertained the crowds during the Carmelitas bloc party.

Founded in 1991, the event was named after a local convent in Rio's bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood.

According to an urban legend, one of the nuns escaped to go and party with Carnival revellers.

"First time (at Carnival in Rio) and it's awesome, I love Brazil and I love Carnival!" said a thrilled British tourist dancing along in the street parade.

Costumes ranged from King Kong to Bible figure Eve, however the Carmelite nun proved the most popular.

Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers will take to Rio's streets in the nearly 500 open-air "bloco" parties over the next week.

The city's tourism officials project that 918-thousand tourists will descend on the city for Carnival.

The festival is expected to inject more than 730 (m) million US dollars into the local economy.

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