A samba dancer performs at a Brazilian National Day party in Shanghai, 2010
Carnaval is underway in Brazil and countries around the world and to celebrate we are compiling links to photo galleries and videos of samba dancers, parade floats and celebrations.
Brazil hosted this year's annual Carnaval parades as it is busy getting ready to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A record 2.3 million revelers were expected at the Cordao da Bola Petra parade, reports the International Business Times. Fergie and Jennifer Lopez attended Sunday in the VIP boxes- but who cares about that. The Huffington Post reports, "Samba soloists who shake into overdrive as soon as the cameras turn on them; dancers dressed as Teletubbies on drugs; ambulatory American flags; psychedelic flamingos, complete with stilt legs; vertically challenged jokers brandishing jumbo soccer balls; belly dancers. And that was just one single samba school."
2012 Carnaval Photo and Video Links
Brazilian top model Gisele Bundchen shows off her samba moves in her first appearance at Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parades:
More Carnival 2012 photo galleries:
The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
"The Rio Carnival has come alive with more than two million revellers in outlandish costumes staging a mammoth, frenzied samba-driven street festival in the city centre.
Drawing the huge crowds on Saturday, a day after legendary King Momo declared the Carnival officially open, was the Cordao da Bola Preta - one of Rio's oldest and most popular blocos street parties.
While the eagerly awaited highlight of the Carnival, the parades of elaborately decorated fantasy floats and scantily dressed women in the Sambadrome, attract mainly the wealthy and foreign tourists, blocos are for all...
Some 171 street parties were scheduled across the "Marvellous City" this weekend and 400 during the five-day Carnival, which officials hope will attract four million people, including 850,000 tourists.
Other Brazilian cities, including Sao Paulo, the country's economic capital, and Salvador de Bahia, the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture, also celebrated the annual pre-Lent festival in style."
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