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.
Samba Schools Compete in Brazil's Carnival Photos | 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.