Tickets for Rio's samba parade sell out in just 20 minutes

Tickets for &to=' target=_blank>Rio's famous carnival parade, the centerpiece of Brazil's annual pre-Lenten festival, sold out in record time Tuesday, organizers said.

In just 20 minutes, vendors sold all of the 23,540 tickets available for Rio de Janeiro residents to attend the two-night parade, to be held Feb. 26 and 27.

Last year it took 48 minutes for tickets to sell out, according to the Independent League of Samba Schools, which organizes the parade.

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