Celebrating Mardi Gras in Chicago

Chicagoans didn't need a plane ticket to celebrate Mardi Gras.

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Who needs to waste money on a plane ticket when you could celebrate Mardi Gras right here in Chicago?
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Plenty of people decided to do just that, by attending Chicago Samba's Carnavale 2009 bash.
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Brazilian Carnaval is considered one of the biggest parties of the year, and the flavor of that event -- right down to the colorful costumes, was duplicated here.
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This party took place at the Logan Square Auditorium.
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And as you can see, it was pretty festive!
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Guests enjoyed free samba dance lessons, along with authentic Brazilian food and caipirinha drinks.
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And plenty people got into the spirit by dressing the part!
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How low can you go?
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Chicago Samba is the city's premier Brazilian band.
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The group hosts parties all over the city, and are always accompanied by the samba dancers.
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Chicago Samba's Carnavale 2009
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Chicago Samba's Carnavale 2009
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Chicago Samba's Carnavale 2009
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Chicago Samba's Carnavale 2009
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Chicago Samba's Carnavale 2009
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Chicago Samba's Carnavale 2009
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