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Nigeria's Biggest City Holds A Carnival (PHOTOS)

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Women dance during the yearly Lagos carnival parade, on April 1, 2013. This years Easter festival coincides with Lagos' yearly carnival . AFPPHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images
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LAGOS, Nigeria -- In Nigeria's biggest city, a Monday morning typically sees bumper-to-bumper traffic as people struggle through heat and exhaust fumes to get to work. This Monday, however, the roads were not filled with cars, but with people celebrating the Lagos Carnival.

Dancers in colorful costumes resembling those of Brazil's Carnival shimmied and shook their way through the streets.

This year, Lagos' state government said the festival would commemorate the region's historical ties with Brazil. Portuguese explorers once came to the region and Brazilian-style homes can still be seen in the city's older neighborhoods.

The curious lined up to watch and take mobile phone pictures, some ogling the women dressed in bikini-styled outfits. Tuesday, though, the streets will again jam with traffic.

Here are some Associated Press photographs of this year's festivities in Lagos.

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