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PHOTOS: At Brazil's crackling carnival, anybody can dance!

Last updated on: February 13, 2013 11:41 IST

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With samba school parades and wild parties taking place all across Brazil, the carnival reached its crescendo late on Monday night. Like every year, it was spectacle that left the world in awe.

Tens of thousands of people thronged the streets; they danced and sang as they joined the biggest street party on earth. 

A look at the four-day non-stop celebrations in Brazil.

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Image: A reveller from Grande Rio samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12
Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters
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Drum queen Cris Vianna from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates during the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome on Tuesday.


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Photographs: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

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A reveller from the Beija Flor samba school participates during the annual carnival parade in Sambadrome.


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Photographs: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

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A reveller from the Mangueira samba school participates during the annual carnival parade in Sambadrome.


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Revellers from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate during the annual Carnival parade.


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Revellers from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participate on the annual Carnival parade.

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Photographs: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

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Revellers from the Beija Flor samba school participate during the annual carnival parade.

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Photographs: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

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A reveller from the Beija Flor samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade.


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Photographs: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

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Revellers of Sao Clemente samba school participate on the second night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome on Monday.


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Drum Queen Bruna Almeida of Sao Clemente samba school participates on the second night of the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.

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A reveller prepares her costume before the start of the second night of the annual Carnival parade.


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Revellers of Portela samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Sambadrome.

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A reveller of Portela samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade.


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Revellers of Mocidade Independente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade.


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Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the carnival on Sunday.


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A reveller of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participates in the annual carnival parade.


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Revellers of the Salgueiro samba school participate on the first night of the annual carnival parade.

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A reveller dances on a float of the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school on the first night of the annual carnival parade on Sunday.


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Revellers parade as part of the Afros de Salvador block, during the Carnival celebrations in Salvador da Bahia.


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A reveller from the Ile Aye block smokes a pipe during Carnival celebrations in Salvador da Bahia.

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Afro-Brazilian women perform using drums during the annual block party known as "Afro Ilu Oba De Min", one of the carnival parties in Sao Paulo. The Ilu Oba de Min is an Afro group formed and coordinated by women. It comprises 160 people, 93 of whom are female percussionists. Their goal is to promote musical traditions, and their dances choreographed by African and Afro-Brazilian precursors.


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Revellers perform in the annual block party known as the "Ceu na Terra", one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro.


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A reveller from the Mocidade Alegre Samba School takes part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo.

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Drum queen Gracyanne Barbosa from the Jacarezinho samba school prepares to dance during the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. The Samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.


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A reveller from the Imperio de Casa verde Samba School takes part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo.

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A reveller takes pictures during the performance of the Jacarezinho samba school on the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. 


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Revellers wait for a subway train as they make their way to the Sambadrome for the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro.


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Revellers prepare a float outside the Sambadrome ahead of the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro.


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