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Rio's Carnival: World's Biggest Party Bursts Into Life

Rio's Carnival: World's Biggest Party Bursts Into Life

Posted by PanamericanWorld on March 04, 2014

The world's biggest party burst into life as the Rio Carnival got underway with a breathtaking parade of giant floats and samba dancers.

The Carnival competition sees the city's top samba groups parade in the Sambadrome, each delivering an over-the-top, hour-long display aimed at capturing the annual title.

Imperio da Tijuca, the school that opened this year's competition, put on a African theme, with a huge crab-shaped float. Mangueira, one of the most famous schools known for its distinctive green and pink colors, turned to Carnival itself for a parade that feted Brazil's traditional celebrations in a sea of salmon pink and lime green feathers.

Each samba school is judged in 10 categories, from the quality of the drum sections to the beauty of the costumes. Whichever group comes in last falls from the top-tier competition into a lower category contest. The competition continues Monday night with displays by six additional schools.

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