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Party animal becomes legendary Carnival parade director


February 22, 2023

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Few Brazilians can claim to dominate their field as much, and at such a young age, as the 39-year-old Carnival showman Leandro Vieira.

Vieira has become one of the most decorated leaders of the annual parade competition in Rio de Janeiro. This year, as Carnival director of a samba school that hasn't won in more than two decades, he could cement his name as one of the greatest since the festivities kicked off almost 100 years ago.

Rio's is the nation's premier Carnival parade, and the contestants compete for money prizes, prestige and fandom.

Vieira's job includes hel...

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