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Will Smith joins Rio Carnival revellers

11/02/13 09:58 CET

Hopes of achieving a Guinness world record for the biggest street party at the Rio carnival were dashed on Sunday.

The city hoped to attracted around 2.3 million people to the festival in one single day but fell short when only 1.8 million visitors arrived.

But Hollywood actor Will Smith did show up, joining revellers for day three of the world’s most famous carnival.

Seventy-thousand people packed into the purpose-built parade area, the Sambadrome where twelve elite samba schools are vying for the title of Carnival champion.

Each school has an hour and twenty-minutes to convince the jury during a fiercely contested showdown.

This year’s carnival is an extra chance for Rio to show off. It’ll be one of 12 cities hosting next year’s World Cup as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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