Rio Carnival 2014 In Photos: While The US Celebrates Mardi Gras, Brazil Revels In The Sambadrome

By @lukeydukey l.villapaz@ibtimes.com on

March 4 marks the celebration of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday as it is also known in the United States. While some people in the United States picture festive celebrations filled with Mardi Gras beads and King Cakes in New Orleans, La. on Fat Tuesday when they think about the holiday, several countries have their own ways of celebrating the traditional Christian holiday before the beginning of Lent as well, in a longer festival called Carnival.

While countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden have their own celebrations, the Carnival of Brazil is among one of the highest profile Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations around the world.

Mardi Gras festivities in the U.S. are usually centered mainly around Mardi Gras day, but Brazil’s Carnival celebrations are more extensive, with festivities starting on Friday the week before and continuing onwards until Tuesday, Mardi Gras day.

As with the rest of the world, each region of Brazil has their own particular nuances with the ways they celebrate Carnival. In Northeastern cities such as Recifie, Olinda and Salvador, organized group parades are common.

In Southeastern cities such as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Vitória, Carnival celebrations are known worldwide for the extensive participation of samba schools in huge parades in the Sambadrome with participants performing dressed in colorful costumes.

Carnival celebrations attract millions of people from across the country and hundreds of thousands of visitors from across the globe looking to participate in the extravagant Carnival celebrations.

Take a closer look at Brazil Carnival celebrations in photos below.

Carnival Reveler Purple 2014
A reveler from the Nene de Vila Matilde samba school takes part in the special group category of the annual Carnival parade in Sao Paulo's Sambadrome March 2, 2014. Reuters/Paulo Whitaker
Carnival Samba Costume 2014
Revellers of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Carnival 2014 Green Costume
A reveler of the Salgueiro samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Carnival 2014 Twirl
Revellers of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Viviane Araujo Carnival 2014
Drum Queen Viviane Araujo of the Salgueiro samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Pilar Oliveres
2014  Carnival  Rio Orange yellow samba
A reveler of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Sergio Moraes
2014 Carnival Samba float
Revelers of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
Rio 2014 Carnival Float Red Blue
Revelers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Sergio Morae
Carnival 2014 Football float
Revelers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school are suspended by wires on a float made to resemble a vertical soccer field, as they participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Pilar Olivares
Carnival Shoe Float 2014
Reveler from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Sergio Moraes
Carnival 2014 Sambadrome
Drum Queen Bruna Bruno from the Uniao da Ilha samba school dances in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. Reuters/Pilar Olivares
2014 Carnival Samba School
Revelers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
2014 Carnival Aftermath
Revelers rest in a nearly empty Sambadrome after the end of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, March 4, 2014. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes
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