Saturday, 6 February 2016

Brazil Five Days Carnival Of Dancing Almost Unclad And In Wild Costumes Starts Amid Concerns For Zika Virus. ( Pictures)

Revellers of the Aguia de Ouro samba school perform during the first night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Rio's five-day festival of dancing, almost unclad and in wild costumes got underway despite warnings the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous.  

The annual mega-bash famed for lavish and skimpily dressed samba parades and all-night street dancing is expected to attract as many as five million people. 
Rosas de Ouro

Performers had their moment in the spotlight

Hundreds of dancers marched through the streets

Regal delight: The floats kept on coming at the carnival which went ahead despite the current Zika virus scare which is gripping Brazil 

This year's carnival across Brazil starts under the cloud of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus

The virus normally provokes few ill effects, but is blamed for an outbreak of serious birth defects in babies born to mothers infected while pregnant

Like the rest of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is struggling with deep recession

Imaginative costumes: The carnival is continuing over the weekend across Brazil as visitors from across the globe arrive to join in the fun 

Dancers delight on the street

Intriguing performers captivate the audience

Dancing queen: Performers used an array of colours

Magnificent creatures: The administrator of the Uniao da Ilha samba school, Marcio Andre Mehry de Souza, said the financial situation had been difficult for four or five years

Get into the groove: Dancers dressed up conjure all manner of poses to get the audience moving at the carnival event in Sao Paulo

Great look: A dancer from the Unidos da Vila Maria samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo backed by drummers