Rio Carnival 2015: Storms never stop the Samba School Parade, February 17

17 Feb 2015

Carnival was under way in Rio on Saturday with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party. Nearly 800,000 Brazilian and foreign tourists were expected join Rio's six million residents in the celebrations, whose climax came on Sunday and Monday with the city's top samba schools putting on their extravagant processions led by sexy dancing queens. Photos: AFP, AP, Reuters