RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (MARCH 1, 2019) (REUTERS) – Carnival celebrations kicked off on Friday (March 1) as Brazil’s preliminary schools braved the rain and paraded through Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome.
Members of samba schools took part in the colour-filled spectacle and experienced the iconic celebration characterised by immaculate costumes, samba drum beats and over the top flare.
The city’s samba schools are known for going to elaborate lengths in order to surprise judges and please audiences with ornate costumes, massive headpieces and over the top dances.
The 78,000-seat Marques de Sapucai – better known as the Sambadrome – trembled with the rumble of the Unidos Da Ponte school’s drums.
Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival officially begins on March 1 and lasts until March 6 during which time the city will receive hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to watch the parades and take part in raucous street parties known locally as “blocos.”
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