Rio De Janeiro’s Annual Decadent Carnival kicked off as costumed performers set off on the first day of parades in the Sambadrome. Thousands of locals and tourists swarmed across Rio for the start of the five-day festival, which the city expects will draw more than One Million visitors.

The festival kicked off with performances and floats. Over 70 Samba Schools compete during the five day festival, each choosing a central theme or story. The carefully orchestrated performance is rehearsed for months.
Rio’s carnival is internationally known for block parties and the big-budget spectacle of parades.