World Cup fever hits the 2014 Rio Festival

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Revellers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participated in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome this week, with the World Cup and other popular sports serving as prominent themes.

Football's top international tournament has been the focus of much internal strife in Brazil, but the Rio Carnival saw droves of locals put fears and doubts to one side just for one day.

From Formula 1 to a Usain Bolt impersonator to even some real-life World Cup heroes of yesteryear, here are some of the best pictures from a wild and memorable carnival.

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