The parades were a combination of huge crazy floats carrying tons of people, people marching/dancing along in huge elaborate costumes, a large group of drummers/other percussion instruments, and the oh-so-famous samba girls with their high heels, feather headdresses, some glitter, and not much else. Each school had a theme along with their own song that was sung repeated for the entire 1 1/2 hours that they paraded.
A panoramic shot of the 1/3 mile parade route
Now, is it just me or do you also want to warn this girl that her lovely round cheeks are about to be pinched by a giant claw?
Holding strong past 4:00 am. It brings a whole new meaning to the "5 o'clock shadow".
And a little video montage for those of you wanting a better taste of Carnaval! (It may take a little while to load.)