Over the past couple of weeks, even more people took part in the many blocos , or street parties, dancing and drinking into the wee hours of the night. Collected below are images of Carnival festivities in Brazil. A member of the Grande Rio samba school performs during the first night of Rio's carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 23, Academicos do Cubango during the samba-school parades held at the Sambadrome, for Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, on February 22, Members of Beija Flor samba school perform during the second night of Rio's Carnival parades at the Sambadrome.
Sexy sequins and plenty of skin are all on show as Rio's famous carnival opens
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In Pics: Decked up with lights, shimmery outfits and music, Rio de Janeiro celebrates Carnival
Rio de Janeiro in detail. If you haven't heard by now, Rio throws one of the world's best parties, with music and dancing filling the streets for days on end. Officially, Carnaval is just five days of revelry — from the Friday to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday — but the city begins partying months in advance.
Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox. Often known for elaborate and skimpy costumes, carnival celebrations also frequently take on serious subjects. Behind the glittery costumes and outlandish head-dresses, there was a message of resistance against right-wing populist president Jair Bolsanaro. This is what many street carnival groups have become in Brazil. After a senator drove a digger at a picket line manned by striking police officers, Bolsonaro has mobilised army and national guard troops to keep order in the country.