Forty dancers from the Portela samba school dress up in traditional French-style sailor suits and pompom berets designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier for the second and final night of the Rio carnival.
While heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro delay the opening of the city’s giant annual Carnival, thousands of dancers from elite samba schools roll out their traditional parades of feathers and sequins.
Thousands of dancers from Rio de Janeiro’s elite samba schools roll out their traditional parades of feathers and sequins — combined with a large dose of social and political commentary — as the main business of the giant annual Carnival gets under way. IMAGES
Traditional samba school Beija Flor is crowned winner of the Rio carnival after a performance that portrayed politicians as rats with money-stuffed briefcases in sharply political parades.