World's most colorful carnival celebrations - CNN.com
"Performers from the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school show off their costumes during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, March 4. Carnival is maintaining a frenetic pace as it nears its end in Brazil, with hundreds of roving parties taking over streets."
Carnival fever seizes Brazil as parades, block parties kick off - CNN.com
Rio de Janeiro -- Carnival revelers descended on Rio de Janeiro, flocking to hundreds of block parties and cramming into designated areas to watch elaborate parades from dusk until dawn. Pounding drums and fireworks explosions announced the start of each samba school that parades down the emblematic strip, flanked by stands with seating for 80,000 spectators.
In honor of the World Cup beginning today in Brazil: Samba is the national dance of Brazil, celebrated every year during Carnival where hundred of thousands of costumed revelers parade in the streets singing, drumming and dancing.
Private: 25 Crazy Awesome Festivals Around The World For Every Taste: Festival of Giants - For almost five hundred years, enormous human effigies—the Gayant (giant) family—have presided over this party in northern France, one of the nation’s largest festivals.