Image: Revellers of Unidas da Tijuca samba school dance atop a float during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome
Sergio Moraes  /  Reuters
Samba dancers perform atop a float early Monday in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome.  One dancer broke the record for wearing the smallest scrap of clothing ever in a Carnival parade.
updated 2/23/2009 5:31:53 PM ET 2009-02-23T22:31:53

It's a record that can only be broken in Rio de Janeiro.

A samba dancer has worn the smallest scrap of clothing ever in a Carnival parade.

The O Globo newspaper says model Dani Sperle sported a sparkly silver headdress, a necklace, matching arm bands — and nothing else but a patch of cloth 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) long — in front of 80,000 Sambadrome spectators early Monday morning.

That breaks the record set last year by Viviane Castro, whose covering was all of 4 centimeters (1.5 inches) long.

Judges last year penalized Castro for violating nudity limits. There's no word yet if Sperle's samba school will also lose points.

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