2012 Sao Paulo Carnival kicks off in Brazil – Photos

Posted on 19 Feb 2012 at 12:54pm

The world’s biggest party (2012 Sao Paulo Carnival) has started in Brazil, drawing millions of people to the streets for a raucous celebration of music and mayhem. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Salvador, three of the centers of the festivities, have been blanketed by a sea of sequins, feathers and glitter.

The parade of Seven samba schools in the Sambadrome Anhembi in the north of the capital city Sao Paulo, went through the night and ended on Saturday morning on the first day of the Special Sao Paulo Carnival.

The street carnival, with its sound cars and batteries on the floor, dragging crowds. The revelers dance marches almost naked, sambas-plots and even carnivalesque versions of Beatles songs, most wearing creative costumes and moved to much beer.

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Thousands of revellers take part in the traditional 'Cordao do Bola Preta' carnival band parade along Rio Branco avenue. Picture - AFP
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This year's King Momo, the crowned and costumed Milton Rodrigues, second from right, flanked by the Carnival queen and two princesses, holds up the key of the city during carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro
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The world famous Carnival has kicked off in Brazil with an explosion of colour and music -EPA
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The samba school Gaviões da Fiel in the Sambódromo
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The globe's biggest carnival bash opened on Friday, and it promises to be an even bigger blowout this year, with 20 per cent more tourists expected than in 2011.
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The Carnival runs from February 17 till February 21, 2012.
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A float of Camisa Verde e Branco samba school parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo early on February 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BRAZIL PHOTO PRESS / VANESSA CARVALHO (Photo credit should read VANESSA CARVALHO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sexy model 2012
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Sao Paulo Carnival 2012 Starts With Naked Samba Dancers
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Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes
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Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes, left, hands the key of the city to this year's King Momo
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Revellers parade for X-9 Paulistana Samba School during carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)
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Revellers parade for the Camisa Verde e Branco Samba School during a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012.
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Revelers parade for Vai-Vai Samba School during carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)
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parade of Unidos do Peruche samba school in Sao Paulo
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Mud covered revelers hug tourists during their - Bloco da Lama - or -Mud Block- carnival parade in Parati, Brazil, Saturday Feb. 18, 2012. (Felipe Dana - AP)
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More than five million people, including 850,000 tourists, are expected to attend Carnival in Rio
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Models parade for the Camisa Verde e Branco Samba School during a carnival at the Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY) TEMPLATE OUT
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Rio officials say they are also better prepared to keep the chaos under some semblance of control, with more portable toilets, traffic guards and paramedics, as well as a new central command centre monitoring it all.
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Members of the Imperio de Casa Verde samba school move their floats portraying white tigers to the starting position at the Sambadrome 2 days before the Samba Carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 15, 2012.- AFP
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Hot Sao Paulo Carnival 2012
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Feathers, glitter, sequins and huge smiles help make the performances so eye-catching
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Feathers, glitter, sequins and huge smiles help make the performances so eye-catching _AFP.
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Fact file on the Rio Carnival, set to kick-off on Friday for five days of non-stop samba, parades and costumes
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Carnival 2012 Bloco Me Esquece in Leblon, photo by Fernando Maia-Riotur.
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Afro-Brazilian women dance during the annual block party known as the -Afro Ilu Oba De Min-, one of the carnival parties in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012.
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About 8,50,000 tourists are expected during the raucous, five-day free-for-all that kicks off when Rio’s the mayor hands the key to the city to rotund King Momo, the mythical jester figure who reigns over the carnival.
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A reveller parades for the Vai Vai Samba School during a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A reveller of Rosas de Ouro samba school dancing in the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo on February. Picture - AFP
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A reveller dances ahead of drummers during the opening night of parades at Brazil's Carnival. Picture - AFP
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A queen of the drums of Gavioes da Fiel samba school parades amid drummers at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Picture - AFP
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A pregnant reveller parades for the Camisa Verde e Branco Samba School during a carnival at the Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012.
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A nominee for Queen of the Santa Cruz carnival shows off her outfit under the watchful eyes of the jury at Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife, February 15, 2012. - AFP-1
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A nominee for Queen of the Santa Cruz carnival shows off her outfit under the watchful eyes of the jury at Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife, February 15, 2012. - AFP
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A model parades for Mancha Verde Samba School during carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 18, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)
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A dancer performs during the parade of Vai-Vai samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
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A dancer performs during the parade of the Vai Vai samba school in Sao Paul
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A dancer performs during the parade of Mancha Verde samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
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A dancer performs during the parade of Vai-Vai samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.
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A dancer performs during the Carnival parade of the Imperio de Casa Verde samba school in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
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A dancer from the Dragoes da Real samba school performs on a float during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, February 18, 2012.
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A dancer at the opening night of parades at the Sambadrome, as part of Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo. Picture - AFP
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A blind reveller parades for the Camisa Verde e Branco Samba School with his seeing helper during a carnival at Anhembi Sambadrome in Sao Paulo February 17, 2012.
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