Images: Thousands party on the streets at Brazil's Rio carnival

 

Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. AP

Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. AP

 

Performers from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. AP

Performers from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. AP

 

A dancer from Academicos do Grande Rio samba school at the carnival. AP

A dancer from Academicos do Grande Rio samba school at the carnival. AP

 

Revellers of Mocidade Independente samba school participate in the carnival. Reuters

Revellers of Mocidade Independente samba school participate in the carnival. Reuters

 

A dancer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school at the parade. AP

A dancer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school at the parade. AP

 

Participants from the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school at the carnival. Reuters

Participants from the Inocentes de Belford Roxo samba school at the carnival. Reuters

 

Academicos do Grande Rio samba school perfroms at the carnival. AP

Academicos do Grande Rio samba school perfroms at the carnival. AP