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PHOTOS: Rio Carnival, the wildest party on earth

Last updated on: March 04, 2014 10:50 IST

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The greatest shown on earth has begun in Rio. More than 2 million people are expected to flock the streets this year at the five-day extravagant carnival.

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Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World.

The Rio Carnival, a wild five-day extravaganza that is celebrated as a profane event 40 days before Easter, is considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.

Drawing millions of people in raucous celebrations, the event climaxes with various samba schools competing in the annual parade at the Sambadrome.

With the excitement and anticipation leading up to the Brazil 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Games, Rio Carnival 2014 promises to be one of the biggest and best carnivals to date!

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Image: Drum Queen Mariana Rios from the Mocidade Independente samba school dances in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome
Photographs: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

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Members of Beija Flor Samba School perform during their parade at 2014 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Photographs: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

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A member of Beija Flor Samba Schoolperforms during their parade at 2014 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Members of Mangueira Samba School celebrate during their parade at 2014 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A reveller of the Grande Rio samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade

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Photographs: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

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Queen of Percussion Viviane Araujo of Salgueiro Samba School perform during their parade at 2014 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome

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A member of Salgueiro Samba School performs during their parade at 2014 Brazilian Carnival at Sapucai Sambadrome

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Revellers of the Beija-Flor samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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Revellers of the Imperio da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome

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