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Salvador, one of the largest cities in Brazil, is renowned for its street carnival, in which large groups of people known as 'blocos' dress in

costumes and follow the 'Trio Elétricos (big decorated trucks carrying big bands on top).
Although the city has a large black population, the original carnival didn't welcome them. But it all changed in the 60's when a number of people dared to organise their own parade, celebrating black culture and reaffirming their identity. 
They made it acceptable to express their African roots openly and proudly for the first time.
The rhythms and colours they introduced are what make the carnival of today so vibrant and exciting. 
However, their parades are still largely ignored by the mainstream, more commercial carnival.
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