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June 30, 2003

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The Parantins Festival continues because Brazilians seem to know no fatigue when it comes to partying...
The show starts at 8:00 and ends at 2 or 3 AM. The two teams divide time equally, with one team starting the show and the other finishing. While one team performs, their fans, who fill one side of the stadium, dance and chant the entire time as loudly as possible for 3 or 4 hours straight. The other side of the stadium quietly sits in the dark, watches, and waits their turn.
All people must choose a team, red or blue. This may be the only place in the world to see a blue CocaCola sign. Police make sure you don't walk into the wrong side of the stadium (Go into the blue section wearing red clothes - or vice versa - and you'll be pelted with cans, peanuts, or anything else people can find to throw at you).