This week from Cuba to Chile half a hemisphere is practicing new songs, trying on costumes and catching up on sleep.

Gangs of boys in the back streets of Buenos Aires are cracking their muscles with acrobatic stunts for the big parade.

Indians in the Bolivian Andes are laying in stores of fireworks. Chilean belles are worrying about their ball dresses. For in Latin America, as in all Catholic countries, the days before Lent are carnival time.

Star attraction of the season is the carnaval at Rio de Janeiro, which is some thing special...

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