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Rio Carnival 2012 in pictures: Fun and chaos on the streets of Brazil

Published 20/02/2012 | 01:48

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 20:  Brazilians work on a float during Carnival celebrations on February 20, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 20: Brazilians work on a float during Carnival celebrations on February 20, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Dancers of Salgueiro samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Performers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parades dressed as England soccer players during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Performers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Dancers of Salgueiro samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Dancers of Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Revelers dressed as nuns parade with Sao Clemente samba school during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
A dancer of Sao Clemente samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Dancers of Sao Clemente samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday Feb. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
An actress that resembles British Queen Elizabeth performs on a float of Unidos da Tijuca samba school during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Nearly 100,000 paying spectators turn out for the all-night spectacle at the Sambadrome. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: A couple kiss before performing on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Dancers perform on a float during the parade of Mancha Verde samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Dancers perform on a float during the parade of Mancha Verde samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during the parade of Rosas de Ouro samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Fans of Gavioes da Fiel samba school, which made a tribute to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, light flares during its parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during the parade of Gavioes da Fiel samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Gavioes da Fiel samba school made a tribute to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during a carnival parade by the Perola Negra samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Carnival runs Feb. 17-21. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians perform atop a truck on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 15: People walk on the day before the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 15, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins February 17. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 15: A boy has a headdress prepared on the day before the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 15, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: A Brazilian woman dons traditional attire as a girl looks on with Carnival attire on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians gather during the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilian military police keep watch on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilian performers wait to parade on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians walk the streets before the beginning of celebrations on the first day of Carnival on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de Janeiro's Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: A musician rests after performing on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians march on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de Janeiro's Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians perform capoeira on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art and dance form that was developed by slaves in the region. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent beginning on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians relax after performing in traditional Carnival costumes on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Paraders march on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Revelers gather to watch a parade in front of a lighthouse on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil.Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Revelers watch a parade from windows on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Military police search a suspect, who was later released, on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: A performer waits during a pause in the parade on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Brazilians gather along a parade route on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Revelers pass through the streets on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians walk before the start of celebrations on the first day of Carnival on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Dancers perform on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: A girl carries a boy on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Performers dance on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: Brazilians gather on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 16: A military police officer walks past revelers dressed in traditional Carnival costumes on the first day of Carnival celebrations on February 16, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JaneiroÄôs Carnival begins tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers play soccer at sunset during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers pose during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers parade during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: A reveler smiles during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers kiss during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: A boy lifts a Brazilian reveler's skirt during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: A man paints a woman's face during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the country's preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Brazilians parade on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil.Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Revelers parade on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil.Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Brazilians gather at a lighthouse along a parade route on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Revelers gather to watch a parade in front of a lighthouse on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil.Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: Brazilians parade on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SALVADOR, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 17: A reveler dances in a parade on the second day of Carnival celebrations on February 17, 2012 in Salvador, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern state of Bahia and was the first colonial capital of Brazil. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Rio de JanieroÄôs Carnival began today, a day later than SalvadorÄôs. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: Brazilian revelers smile while posing during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: A Brazilian reveler poses during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: Brazilians work during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: A couple poses during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: A Brazilian reveler poses during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers watch Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers parade during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: A reveler sports a tattoo during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers parade during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: A reveler watches Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers gather during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 18: Brazilian revelers walk during Carnival celebrations along Ipanema beach on February 18, 2012 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A mud covered reveler wears a costume during the "Bloco da Lama," or "Mud Block" carnival parade in Parati, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Revelers hold hands as they fall back into the mud during the "Bloco da Lama," or "Mud Block" carnival parade in Parati, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Mud covered revelers hug tourists during their "Bloco da Lama," or "Mud Block" carnival parade in Parati, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Mud covered revelers get sprayed with water during the "Bloco da Lama," or "Mud Block" carnival parade in Parati, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Revelers sing and dance as they march along with the Cordao da Bola Preta carnival parade in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. Thousands of people gathered Saturday to participate in one of Rio's most popular and traditional blocos or parade groups, created in the early 1900's and believed to be named for a beautiful woman wearing a black and white polka-dress. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
Revelers attend the Cordao da Bola Preta carnival parade in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. Thousands of people gathered Saturday to march with one of Rio's most popular and traditional blocos or parade groups, created in the early 1900's and believed to be named for a beautiful woman in a black and white polka-dress. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
EDS NOTE NUDITY - A dancer performs during the parade of Mancha Verde samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: Brazilian revelers look on during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: Young members of the Juciara family pose while taking a break from gathering aluminum cans to earn momey for the family during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The family lives in a favela in the city. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: A couple poses during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: Members of the Juciara family pose while taking a break from gathering aluminum cans to earn money during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The family lives in a favela in the city. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: A man rests as Brazilian revelers parade during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 19: Brazilian revelers pose during Carnival celebrations on February 19, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Carnival is the grandest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday before the start of the Catholic season of Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday. Police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro in recent weeks threatened Carnival and raised questions about the countryÄôs preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A dancer performs during the parade of Vai-Vai samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Drummers perform during a carnival parade by the Mocidade Alegre samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Carnival runs Feb. 17-21. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during the parade of Vai-Vai samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during the parade of Vai-Vai samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during the Carnival parade of the Imperio de Casa Verde samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during the parade of Rosas de Ouro samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
EDS NOTE NUDITY - A dancer performs during the parade of Gavioes da Fiel samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Gavioes da Fiel samba school made a tribute to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Drummers perform during the parade of Gavioes da Fiel samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Gavioes da Fiel samba school made a tribute to former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.(AP Photo/Andre Penner)
EDS NOTE NUDITY - A dancer performs during the parade of Aguia de Ouro samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A costumed dog with an unusually long tongue is seen during the dog street carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. Hundreds gathered in the streets during one of the many parades before Carnival, which runs Feb. 12-16. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Members of Mangueira samba school performs during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010
Members of Mangueira samba school perform during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A member of Grande Rio samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A member of Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Members of Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A dancer of Viradouro samba school performs during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Dancers of Viradouro samba school perform during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Members of Grande Rio samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A member of Beija Flor samba school performs on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A member of Beija Flor samba school performs during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A member of Beija Flor samba school performs on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of Beija Flor samba school perform on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Dancers of the Porto da Pedra samba school perform during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A dancer of Mocidade samba school performs during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Members of Mangueira samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of Portela samba school perform during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A member of Beija Flor samba school performs on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A member of Portela samba school performs during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Members of Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Monday, Feb.15, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Madonna, right, and Rio de Janeiro's Gov. Sergio Cabral attend the carnival parade at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, Feb.14, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
A member of Vila Isabel samba school performs during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A member of Mocidade Independente samba school performs while parading during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen attends a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho, left, embraces Cris Vianna, queen of the drums' section of the Grande Rio samba school, while posing for a photo during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho marches with the Grande Rio samba school at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho marches with the Grande Rio samba school at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A member of Mocidade Independente samba school parades atop a float at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A member of Mocidade Independente samba school parades at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Drummers from the Mocidade Independente samba school parade through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Members of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Dancers of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A member of Uniao da Ilha samba school performs while parading during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Grande Rio samba school dancers perform while parading during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A member of Uniao da Ilha samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Salgueiro samba school dancers perform while parading through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A member of Mocidade Independente samba school parades at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Grande Rio samba school members performs while parading during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Mocidade Independente samba school members parade at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A dancer of Grande Rio samba school smiles while parading through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A member of Salgueiro samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A member of Mocidade Independente samba school performs while parading during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Mocidade Independente samba school dancers perform while parading through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday March 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Uniao da Ilha samba school dancers parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A float of Uniao da Ilha samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A musician of Uniao da Ilha samba school performs while parading at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Members of Uniao da Ilha samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Sao Clemente samba school dancers perform at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Unidos da Tijuca samba school dancers perform during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho dances with the Portela samba school during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, left, talks with her husband, U.S. football player Tom Brady, during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Pamela Anderson gestures from the stands as she watches a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Samba school dancers take off their costumes after performing in a parade at the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Dancers perform on their Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A samba school dancer rests after a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A dancer performs on the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school float during their carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A carnival princess dances in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vila Isabel samba school dancer parades through the Sambadrome during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A performer dances at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A dancer performs during the parade of Aguia de Ouro samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, March 6, 2011. Brazil's official carnival is held this year March 4-8. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Lingerie model Larissa Riquelme of Paraguay waves from the top of a Vila Maria samba school float during carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs on the top of a float during the parade of Gavioes da Fiel samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A member of Mocidade Alegre samba school performs in a parade during carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A dancer performs during the parade of Aguia de Ouro samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, March 6, 2011. Brazil's official carnival is held this year March 4-8. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A Vila Maria samba school dancer performs in their parade during carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Comedian Sabrina Sato performs during the parade of Gavioes da Fiel samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A reveler sings during a "Ceu na Terra" street parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. The five-day annual carnival celebration officially started Friday and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, according to Rio state's tourism department. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Brazilian comedian Sabrina Sato performs during the parade of Gavioes da Fiel samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday March 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Men, disguised as "Batman," dance during a "Bola Preta" block parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. The five-day annual carnival celebration officially started Friday and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, according to Rio state's tourism department. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A woman dances amid orange smoke during the 'Bloco da Lama', or Mud Block carnival group parade in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. Brazil's official carnival is held this year March 4-8. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Covered by mud, a man parades at a mud party during Carnival celebrations in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. The five-day annual carnival celebration officially started Friday and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, according to Rio state's tourism department. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Revelers sing during a "Ceu na Terra" street parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2011. The five-day annual carnival celebration officially started Friday and is expected to draw about 756,000 visitors, both foreign and Brazilian, who will pack hotels to nearly 100 percent capacity and spend about $559 million, according to Rio state's tourism department. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
The Portela group made a dramatic entrance into the Sambadrome stadium in Rio de Janeiro (AP)
A samba school dancer rests after a carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio (AP)
Unidos da Tijuca samba school parades through the Sambadrome (AP)
Dancers perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Gracyanne Barbosa, queen of the drums' section of Mangueira samba school, performs at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A Mangueira samba school float parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
A Salgueiro samba school dancer parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Salgueiro samba school dancers parade at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
An Imperatriz samba school dancer parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes, right, kisses Luiza Brunet's hands, 46, queen of the drums' section of Imperatriz samba school, at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Imperatriz samba school dancers parade at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
An Imperatriz samba school float parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
Dancers perform during Imperatriz samba school parade at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
Dancers perform atop an Imperatriz samba school float at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
Dancers of Imperatriz samba school perform next to spectators at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Dancers perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Dancers perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Dancers perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Dancers perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Musicians perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Juliane Almeida, queen of the drums' section of Viradouro samba school dances during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A dancer performs on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the Sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
Dancers perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the Sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
Dancers perform on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the Sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
A dancer performs atop a Salgueiro samba school float at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A Salgueiro samba school dancer parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A Salgueiro samba school dancer parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A dancers performs on a Viradouro samba school float during carnival parade at the sambodrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
An Imperatriz samba school float parades at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

Millions of revellers in Rio de Janeiro enjoyed the fun, sun and sequins of the five-day Carnival, a time of joyous excess when the streets fill with bands and people dancing and drinking.

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Rio's star is rising of late, as the city prepares to host the final matches of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, and this year's Carnival is forecast to be an even bigger blowout than usual, with 20 per cent more tourists expected than in 2011.

Rio officials say they are better prepared to keep the chaos under control, with more portable toilets, traffic guards and paramedics, as well as a new central command centre.

Although the carnival is most famous for extravagant costumed parades in the city's Sambadrome arena, many residents prefer to celebrate with local street parties.

Organisers said 2.5 million people took part in the street parade that lasted nearly seven hours.

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