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Party like there’s no tomorrow: Brazil kicks off 2019 carnival with sea of color

March 04, 15:30 UTC+3

Brazil's world-famous carnival celebration is underway

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A performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
A performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
A performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Dancers from the Aguia de Ouro samba school
Dancers from the Aguia de Ouro samba school
Dancers from the Aguia de Ouro samba school
© AP Photo/Andre Penner
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Dancers from the Mancha Verde samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo
Dancers from the Mancha Verde samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo
Dancers from the Mancha Verde samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo
© AP Photo/Andre Penner
Dancer from the Mocidade Alegre samba school performs during Carnival celebrations at the Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo
Dancer from the Mocidade Alegre samba school performs during Carnival celebrations at the Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo
Dancer from the Mocidade Alegre samba school performs during Carnival celebrations at the Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo
© EPA-EFE/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school are seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school are seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school are seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
A performer from the Viradouro samba school
A performer from the Viradouro samba school
A performer from the Viradouro samba school
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Viradouro samba school float is seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Viradouro samba school float is seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Viradouro samba school float is seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
A performer from the Beija Flor samba school
A performer from the Beija Flor samba school
A performer from the Beija Flor samba school
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Dancers from the Dragoes da Real samba school perform on a float during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo
Dancers from the Dragoes da Real samba school perform on a float during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo
Dancers from the Dragoes da Real samba school perform on a float during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo
© AP Photo/Andre Penner
A performer from the Imperio Serrano samba school
A performer from the Imperio Serrano samba school
A performer from the Imperio Serrano samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
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A performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Dancers from the Aguia de Ouro samba school
© AP Photo/Andre Penner
Performers from the Viradouro samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Dancers from the Mancha Verde samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo
© AP Photo/Andre Penner
Dancer from the Mocidade Alegre samba school performs during Carnival celebrations at the Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo
© EPA-EFE/SEBASTIAO MOREIRA
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Performers from the Salgueiro samba school are seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
A performer from the Viradouro samba school
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Viradouro samba school float is seen at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
A performer from the Beija Flor samba school
© AP Photo/Leo Correa
Dancers from the Dragoes da Real samba school perform on a float during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo
© AP Photo/Andre Penner
A performer from the Imperio Serrano samba school
© AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo
Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
© AP Photo/Leo Correa

Brazil's world-famous сarnival kicked off on March 1. Thousands of dancers sashayed in their colorful outfits across Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during the first night of celebrations for the five-day festival which marks the start of Lent. In total, 12 samba schools from the elite so-called “special group” traditionally parade at the stadium called Sambodrome to compete for the prestigious Carnival title. Take a look at the incredibly vivid costumes that have lit up Brazil.

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