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At the stage during the 10th Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration in Riga
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Choir with wind bands at Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration in Riga
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10th Latvian Youth Song and Dance Celebration in Riga
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At the stage of the 24th Latvian Song and Dance Festival, Riga
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The 24th Latvian Song and Dance Festival, Riga
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Last instructions before the performace
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Peacocks at the Riga Zoo, Latvia
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Tropical House at the Riga Zoo
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Frogs Room at the Tropical House of the Riga Zoo, Latvia
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