Brazil’s colorful carnival continues with Rio de Janeiro’s celebrated samba schools parading through the specially-built Sambadrome in a dazzling display of festivity.

The Sambadrome is the venue for a competition judged on elements such as choreography, atmosphere, organization, and singing.The processions are famous for their festive atmosphere.

Rio de Janeiro’s carnival officially began on Friday and lasts until February 17, during which time the city will be teeming with hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to watch the parades and take part in raucous street processions.