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East London salutes Rio, host of the 2016 games, with a samba-fuelled street parade

On 21 July, a 2,000-person parade was the highlight of the One Hackney Festival.


The parade's Brazilian theme was a salute to Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Games.


A samba-playing band dressed up like Beefeaters were surrounded by Brazilian dancers and parade floats.


It happened a few hours before the Olympic Torch Relay passed through the East London neighborhoods of Hackney, Dalston, and Stoke Newington -- all neighbourhoods near the Olympic Village.The event was part of London 2012 Festival, formerly known as the Cultural Olympiad.

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Uploaded on July 21, 2012