Rio Carnival 2014: 35 of the Hottest Photos of Brazilian Samba Dancers – NSFW

Described as the root that binds Brazilians together, samba is the name of the game when it comes to Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous Carnival. The annual festival is held in the preceding days before Ash Wednesday and summons millions of spectators to witness the spectacular festivities. Nearly a year of work from the city’s poorer citizens goes into the preparation of the over-the-top floats and ornate costumes which all total upwards of $3 million to produce. With a year’s worth of bragging rights at stake, Rio’s 12 best samba schools brings their A-game to the Sambadrome – a roughly half mile stretch avenue that gives thousands of participants to show off their dazzling displays. Every person from the school has a specific role from the ala das baianas consisting of 100 females honoring the ‘aunts’ of the dance to the exquisite passistas or the star solo female samba performers dancing in between each group of revelers.

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Rio Carnival 2014 - Day 2

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Carnival at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro

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