Monday 2 February 2015

Carnival: Brazil's famous samba parades head into final night

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Drum Queen Cris Viana from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dances in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 4, 2014. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)
Drum Queen Cris Viana from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school dances in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares
Dancers from the Vila Isabel samba school adding more colour in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. Photo: Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Lightbulbs aglow - courtesy of a performer from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome. Photo: AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
A giant fairytale float with revellers from the Portela samba school. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
A performer from the Vila Isabel samba school. Photo: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
A fairy wheels in on a giant slipper from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school. Photo: Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Rio's Sambadrome awash with colour surrounded by jubilant crowds. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
Brazil's Carnival is maintaining its frenetic pace, with hundreds of roving parties taking over Rio de Janeiro's streets and famed samba school parades heading into their final night. Photo: AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Drum Queen Patricia Nery from the Portela samba school enjoys the festivities. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares
Dancing on a huge height, these performers from the Portela samba school in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome wheel in. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
These dancers play on the World Cup theme. The Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parades through the Sambadrome. Photo: AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
A giant eagle towers over this reveller, magnificent in blue, from the Portela samba school. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares
The chants for the Brazilian soccer team have already begun ahead of the World Cup. Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school get into the spirit. Photo: AP Photo/Nelson Antoine
Former Brazilian national soccer player Rivelino rides atop a float from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
This display is from the Portela samba school. Photo: Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Revellers from the Portela samba school wave to the crowds. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
Revellers from the Portela samba school make a huge impression. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
Performers are suspended by wires on a float made to resemble a vertical soccer field. These performers are from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares
These performers have arrived just out of a children's storybook. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares
Ladybirds-cum-footballs dance in Rio de Janeiro. Revellers are from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school. Photo: Reuters/Sergio Moraes
In full Carnival splendou, this woman from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participates in the annual Carnival. Photo: Reuters/Sergio Moraes
A slice of gothic fairytale from revellers from the Portela samba school. Photo: Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Wrapped in towering foliage in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
This dancer is from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school. Photo: Reuters/Pilar Olivares
Revellers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. Photo: Reuters/Sergio Moraes
One man takes a breather in a nearly empty Sambadrome after the end of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
Performers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: AP Photo/Nelson Antoine
Revellers enjoy the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers enojoy the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers enjoy the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers take part in the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
A reveller takes part in the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers kiss as they take part in the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers smile as they take part in the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers take part in the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers smile inside a bus as they leave the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro March
Revellers take part in an annual block party known as "Carmelitas", one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers take part in an annual block party known as "Carmelitas", one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers take part in an annual block party known as "Carmelitas", one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
A reveller takes part in an annual block party known as "Carmelitas", one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
A reveller takes part in the annual block party known as "Carmelitas", one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers arrive to the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Revellers enjoy the annual block party known as "Ceu na Terra" (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro

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