Brazil's Wild Carnival Parades Roll On
Samba schools prepare and practice for months for Brazil's Carnival, which attracts visitors from around the globe.
The float of the samba school Mocidade rolls through the Sambadrome on Feb. 7, the first night of parades, during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival.
Members of "Unidos da Tijuca" take part in the first day of parades.
Mocidade School's parade display was based on Don Quixote.
Members of the Uniao da Ilha do Governador Samba School perform at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.
A member of Mocidade dances.
A member of the Grande Rio samba school performs.
A member of the Beija Flor Samba School performs at the Sambadrome.
A member of the Beija Flor Samba School performs.
A dragon-shaped float from the Beija Flor Samba School.
A performer from the Beija Flor samba school.
A member of the Uniao da Ilha do Governador Samba School does a handstand while in a wheelchair.
A performer from Beija Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.
Performers from the Uniao da Ilha parade during carnival celebrations.
Performers from the Beija Flor samba school interact with the crowd.
Performers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parade in front of a replica of Rio's famous "Christ the Redeemer" statue.
A performer from Uniao da Ilha samba school blows bubbles.
A performer from Estacio de Sa samba school points at the camera during the first night of during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.