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Rio Carnival 2016 - Brazil's explosion of colour and glitz at the world's biggest street party [photos]

Published 08/02/2016

Revelers of the Vai-Vai samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Vai-Vai samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Revelers of the Mocidade Alegre samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Unidos do Peruche samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo Brazil on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
A reveller of Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Revellers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian model Raisa de Oliveira, reveler of Beija-Flor samba school performs during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian model Raisa de Oliveira, reveler of Beija-Flor samba school performs during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the PPK block (Krishna Peacock Feather) takes part in a carnival parade at Jardim dos Pirineus neighbourhood, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on February 7, 2016. The Krishna Peacock Feather is inspired in Indian culture. AFP PHOTO / Douglas MAGNODouglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images
Dancers parade in the street during the Rhythm and Harmony contest in the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife on February 7, 2016. The dresses are more than five meters high and over 80 kilos in weight. The event began on January 13 and finishes on February 14 with orchestras playing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms throughout the festivities that range from elections for the Carnival Queen, the Junior Queen and the Senior Queen, to children and adult murgas (satirical street bands), comparsas (dance groups) and street performances. AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTINDESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. A / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the PPK block (Krishna Peacock Feather) takes part in a carnival parade at Jardim dos Pirineus neighbourhood, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on February 7, 2016. The Krishna Peacock Feather is inspired in Indian culture. AFP PHOTO / Douglas MAGNODouglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A member of the PPK block (Krishna Peacock Feather) takes part in a carnival parade at Jardim dos Pirineus neighbourhood, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on February 7, 2016. The Krishna Peacock Feather is inspired in Indian culture. AFP PHOTO / Douglas MAGNO / AFP / Douglas MagnoDOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the PPK block (Krishna Peacock Feather) takes part in a carnival parade at Jardim dos Pirineus neighbourhood, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on February 7, 2016. The Krishna Peacock Feather is inspired in Indian culture. AFP PHOTO / Douglas MAGNODouglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the PPK block (Krishna Peacock Feather) takes part in a carnival parade at Jardim dos Pirineus neighbourhood, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on February 7, 2016. The Krishna Peacock Feather is inspired in Indian culture. AFP PHOTO / Douglas MAGNODouglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images
Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte performs in Mocidade de Padre Miguel samba school during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Mocidade de Padre Miguel samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Beija Flor samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on february 08, 2016. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Beija-Flor samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Estacio de Sa samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on february 07, 2016, Brazil. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Vai-Vai samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Academicos do Tucuruvi samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Academicos do Tucuruvi samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Unidos do Peruche samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo Brazil on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Drum queen Bianca Leao, from Uniao da Ilha samba school, dances during Carnival parade at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A reveler of the Grande Rio samba school performs disguised as the ex football player Pele during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Beija Flor samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on february 08, 2016. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Beija Flor samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on february 08, 2016. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Uniao da Ilha samba school wait before the beginning of the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Mocidade Alegre samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Academicos do Tucuruvi samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Revelers of the Academicos do Tucuruvi samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Unidos do Peruche samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo Brazil on February 6 2016. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Performers from the Estacio de Sa samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A performer from Grande Rio samba school parades during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Mocidade de Padre Miguel samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Mocidade de Padre Miguel samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDAVANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Beija Flor samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on february 08, 2016. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Beija Flor samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on february 08, 2016. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Estacio de Sa samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on february 07, 2016, Brazil. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Estacio de Sa samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on february 07, 2016, Brazil. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of Estacio de Sa samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on february 07, 2016, Brazil. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers of the Vai-Vai samba school perform honoring France with their performance "Je suis Vai-Vai. Bem-Vindos a França!" during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 7, 2016. France Consul General Demian Loras marched along with Vai-Vai samba school. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDANELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images
A performer from Grande Rio samba school parades during the Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Performer from the Beija Flor samba school dances on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
City's cleaning people sweep after the performance of Grande Rio samba school during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers of Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on February 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBAYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

The Rio Carnival is drawing to a close after a wild five-day celebration which officially started on Friday.

There have been carnival celebrations in virtually every corner of Brazil, the best-known ones taking place in Recife together with the neighboring Olinda, in the Northeast of Brazil,  and Salvador. But the biggest and most famous carnival is undoubtedly Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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