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Pictures: Rio Carnival samba parade 2014

Check out these pictures from Rio Carnival's colourful samba parade in Brazil.
The Rio Carnival has taken place in Brazil, South America. It's considered to be the biggest carnival on the planet!
Rio Carnival samba parade
One of the main highlights of Rio Carnival is the samba parade, where the best samba schools compete against each other by trying to put on the best show.
Rio Carnival samba parade
It takes several months to prepare everything, such as the parade theme, costumes and floats.
Rio Carnival samba parade
This samba school has gone for a football theme to celebrate the World Cup, which is taking place in Brazil later this year.
Rio Carnival samba parade
Thousands of spectators come to watch the colourful show, which takes place over two days at the Sambadrome.
Rio Carnival samba parade
Rio Carnival always takes place in the run-up to the Christian festival of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
Rio Carnival samba parade
As well as the samba parade, hundreds of street parties have been taking place all over Rio.
Rio Carnival samba parade
The samba schools are judged on 10 different categories, including their song, their costumes and their floats and props.
Rio Carnival samba parade