"It's the dance of the wealthy in the most chic of hotels," said Haroldo Costa, a Carnival historian, adding that despite the high price tag, "every year there is a fight to get tickets."
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"The mayor should participate in Carnival," insisted Haroldo Costa, a cultural historian in Rio. "He is the host."
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