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."