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Sizzling dancers spice up Brazil carnival

Last updated on: February 22, 2012 09:01 IST

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Elite samba schools paraded in Rio de Janeiro's newly renovated Sambadrome on Sunday to kick off Brazil's annual carnival.

As many as 8,50,000 tourists descend on Rio for the five-day-long carnival.

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Image: Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome
Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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Hundreds of thousands of people turned out to participate in the open-air dance parties, with people singing to a medley of carnival songs.

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Image: Revellers from the Porto da Pedra samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome
Photographs: Nacho Doce/Reuters
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The performers with their flamboyant costumes and theatrical make-up enthralled the crowds that had come to see up to 5,000 samba troupe dancers romping the streets of Rio. 

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Image: Revellers from the Porto da Pedra samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome
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The carnival, which is the grandest holiday in Brazil, draws millions to watch the parade that usually starts shortly after sundown and doesn't finish until dawn.

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Top samba schools perform dances at the carnival and they are pitted against one another in competition to be Carnival Champions.

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Image: A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome
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Revellers from the Mocidade samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.

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Photographs: Nacho Doce/Reuters

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A reveller from the Mocidade samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome 

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Photographs: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

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Drum queen Antonia Fontenelle of the Mocidade samba school dances on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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A reveller from the Imperatriz samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.

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Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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Revellers celebrate Carnival by covering themselves with mud from mangrove swamps in Curuca, where the Amazon River pours into the Atlantic. 

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Photographs: Paulo Santos/Reuters

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Drum queen Patricia Nery of the Renascer de Jacarepagua samba school dances on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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A reveller from the Renascer de Jacarepagua samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome 

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A reveller from the Beija-Flor samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome 

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Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome 

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Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome 

 


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