A look at Brazil's largest and most popular celebration -- the annual Carnival held in Rio de Janeiro from Feb. 20 through Feb. 24. The festival pits the country's top 12 samba schools against each other in a series of parades featuring spectacular floats, dancers, and singers.
Carnival and Mardi Gras Around the World Photos | Brazil's world famous Carnival celebrations took place over the past few weeks with samba parades, colorful costumes, celebrations, dancing and live music. While Carnival wraps up, the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, La. kicks off with more beads, music and rowdiness.
Preparations Underway for Brazil's Carnival Photos | The annual festival of spectacular floats, dancers, singers, and drummers, held four days before Ash Wednesday, the day of fasting and repentance that marks Lent, opens Feb. 20, 2009 and runs through Feb. 24.