AP PHOTOS: Nigeria's biggest city holds a carnival

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Performers dance during Lagos Carnival in Lagos, Nigeria,  Monday, April 1, 2013. Performers filled the streets of Lagos' islands Monday as part of the Lagos Carnival, a major festival in Nigeria's largest city during Easter weekend. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — 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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