Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Yahoo News Photo Staff

Rio de Janeiro’s top samba schools danced and sang hard Monday as millions of other Brazilians did the same during nationwide Carnival celebrations that ridiculed local and world leaders, called for tolerance and pushed the boundaries of just about everything.

Instead of the normal start of the workweek, Brazilians loaded up on spirits and hit the beaches, public squares and streets for huge “blocos,” or street parties, in many locales under a penetrating tropical sun common during the sweaty summer month of February. (AP)

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<p>A reveller from Imperatriz samba school performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A reveller from Imperatriz samba school performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AP)

<p>Members from the Beija Flor samba school perform as drug traffickers during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Brazil’s most famous city has long struggled with violence, particularly in the hundreds of slums controlled by drug traffickers, plus criminal assaults and increasing shootouts between drug traffickers and police. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members from the Beija Flor samba school perform as drug traffickers during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Brazil’s most famous city has long struggled with violence, particularly in the hundreds of slums controlled by drug traffickers, plus criminal assaults and increasing shootouts between drug traffickers and police. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>A performer from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Leo Correa/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A performer from the Uniao da Ilha samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Leo Correa/AP)

<p>A reveller from Salgueiro performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A reveller from Salgueiro performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>Drum queen Flavia Lyra from Imperatriz samba school performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Drum queen Flavia Lyra from Imperatriz samba school performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

<p>A reveller from Salgueiro performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb.13, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A reveller from Salgueiro performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb.13, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>Drum queen Sabrina Sato from Vila Isabel Samba school performs during the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Drum queen Sabrina Sato from Vila Isabel Samba school performs during the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

<p>A reveller from Unidos da Tijuca Samba school performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A reveller from Unidos da Tijuca Samba school performs during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>Revellers from Portela Samba school perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from Portela Samba school perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>A member of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A member of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>A reveller from Grande Rio Samba school performs during the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A reveller from Grande Rio Samba school performs during the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>Revellers from Salgueiro perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from Salgueiro perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>Revellers from Portela Samba school perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from Portela Samba school perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

<p>Revellers from Unidos da Tijuca Samba school perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from Unidos da Tijuca Samba school perform during the second night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

<p>Revellers from Vila Isabel Samba school perform during the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb.11, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from Vila Isabel Samba school perform during the first night of the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb.11, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)

<p>A member of the samba school Grupo Especial Rosas de Ouro takes part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A member of the samba school Grupo Especial Rosas de Ouro takes part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Academicos do Tatuape participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Academicos do Tatuape participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Tom Maior take part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Tom Maior take part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A reveller from the Independente Samba School takes part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A reveller from the Independente Samba School takes part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Rosas de Ouro take part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Rosas de Ouro take part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Revellers from the Peruche Samba School take part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from the Peruche Samba School take part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

<p>Revellers from the Peruche Samba School take part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from the Peruche Samba School take part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Unidos do Peruche participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Unidos do Peruche participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Academicos do Tatuape participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Academicos do Tatuape participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Members of the samba school of the Grupo Especial Independencia Tricolor participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school of the Grupo Especial Independencia Tricolor participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A dancer from the Unidos do Peruche samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A dancer from the Unidos do Peruche samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Revellers from the Tom Maior Samba School take part in a carnival celebration at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from the Tom Maior Samba School take part in a carnival celebration at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

<p>A float of Mancha Verde Samba School is seen during carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A float of Mancha Verde Samba School is seen during carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Academicos do Tatuape participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Academicos do Tatuape participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Dancers from the Unidos do Peruche samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Dancers from the Unidos do Peruche samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Dancers from the Tom Maior samba school perform during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Dancers from the Tom Maior samba school perform during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Dancers from the Independente samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Dancers from the Independente samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Dancers from the Rosas de Ouro samba school perform during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Dancers from the Rosas de Ouro samba school perform during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Mancha Verde participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Mancha Verde participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Tom Maior take part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school Grupo Especial Tom Maior take part in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Details of the custome of a member of the samba school Grupo Especial Unidos do Peruche as she participates in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Details of the custome of a member of the samba school Grupo Especial Unidos do Peruche as she participates in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A dancer from the Tom Maior samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A dancer from the Tom Maior samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Dancers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Dancers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Dancers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Dancers from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>A dancer from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A dancer from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Revellers from the Peruche Samba School take part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Revellers from the Peruche Samba School take part in a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

<p>A drummer from the Mancha Verde samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A drummer from the Mancha Verde samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Dancers from the Rosas de Ouro samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Dancers from the Rosas de Ouro samba school perform on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>A dancer from the Tom Maior samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

A dancer from the Tom Maior samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (Photo: Andre Penner/AP)

<p>Members of the samba school of the Grupo Especial Independencia Tricolor participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Carnival celebrations in Brazil

Members of the samba school of the Grupo Especial Independencia Tricolor participate in the carnival celebration at the Anhembi sambodrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 9, 2018. (Photo: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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