Let's Get This Party Started! Carnival in Full Swing

Members of 'Grupo Especial Dragoes da Real' samba school perform Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday night.
Members of 'Grupo Especial Dragoes da Real' samba school perform Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday night.Sebastiao Moreira / EPA

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A member of a samba school, above, performs during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Friday night. The festivities each year rouse millions to revel in nearly a week of parades and block parties.

A woman dances next to costumed performers in the traditional march of 'Cordao do Bola Preta' during the Carnival in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.ANTONIO LACERDA / EPA