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Rio preparing big party for Olympic announcement

Updated: September 30, 2009, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rio is preparing one of its traditional parties for Friday's announcement of the 2016 Olympic host city.

About 100,000 people are expected at Copacabana beach to watch the International Olympic Committee vote in Copenhagen, hoping for a celebration after the winner is finally revealed.

City officials even declared Friday an optional public holiday so more people can participate in the festivities and support the bid.

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