Monday 3 August 2015

One million people flock to Brazil carnival parties

Published 01/03/2014 | 18:35

A reveller dressed as a character from the movie Avatar during carnival celebrations in Rio (AP)
A reveller dressed as a character from the movie Avatar during carnival celebrations in Rio (AP)
Dancers from a samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil (AP)
A dancer from a samba school performs during a carnival parade in Brazil (AP)
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Streets across Brazil have been swamped with carnival revellers, with the largest parties attracting more than one million merrymakers.

In Rio de Janeiro, one of the most traditional "bloco" street parties hit fever pitch before noon, with the city's tourism officials saying more than one million people gathered for the bash.

At the Heaven on Earth party in Rio's bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood, thousands gathered at dawn.

One of the party's themes this year is a protest against the billions being spent to host the World Cup football tournament. The crowd occasionally chanted: "There will be no Cup! There will be no Cup!"

Carnival runs until Ash Wednesday, though parties continue to pop up for a further few weeks.

Press Association

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