Got to Love the Brazilian Carnaval
Thousands of revellers and samba dancers took to the street for the opening night of the annual carnival celebrations.
Samba dancers wearing bodypaint, feathers, glitter- and not a lot else - have taken to the streets of Sao Paulo for the opening of the country's wild carnival festivities.
Dancers from local samba schools put on a spectacular parade through the huge Sambadrome arena as up to 30,000 revellers looked on.
Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil, but the festivities in Sao Paulo and capital Brasilia are the biggest - with around half a million foreign tourists flocking to the country every year.