Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parade 2012 in Pictures: Dazzling Sequin-Clad Samba Dancers and Celeb Attraction (PHOTOS)

 
on February 20 2012 8:03 AM
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba schoo parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Drum queen Sabrina Sato of the Vila Isabel samba school dances on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Beija-Flor samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Porto da Pedra samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Drum queen Sabrina Sato of the Vila Isabel samba school dances on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Beija-Flor samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    A reveller from the Porto da Pedra samba school parades on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
  • Rio Carnival 2012 (PHOTOS)
    Revellers from the Beija-Flor samba school parade on the first night of the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 20, 2012. Reuters
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Decked up in colorful enticing samba costumes, millions jammed up the streets of Brazil on the first night of extravagant Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade Sunday.

Amid the majestic set-up, frenetic samba music, thumping of drum beats and magnificent fireworks, the annual carnival parade kicked-off in Rio's Sambadrome, the Temple of Samba.

Around thirteen best samba schools of the city participated in the parade. The two-day event also saw Hollywood celebrities like Madonna, J.Lo, Beyonce, Jude Law, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson and Kevin Spacey, Associated Press reported.

Check out the glittering new images of the Rio Carnival, one of the biggest street festivals in the world:

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