The last of the Rio Carnival 2013 was all about the blocos (street troupes), as the famous samba schools wound up their parades.

Following Fat Tuesday, the task of drawing people to the streets and keeping the party going fell to the street groups, as the final day of the world's largest carnival - Ash Wednesday - heralded the slow return to a normalcy; one made all the more difficult by the fact the season of Lent now begins.

The good news though is that the fun is still not over. The 2013 Samba Schools Championships have yet to conclude. Judges are expected to announce the winners on Wednesday and knowing the passion that is the Rio Carnival 2013, expect a party to celebrate the end of the party.

The winning samba school will take to the parade ground on Saturday, in all their splendour, for a victory lap, complete with fireworks.

Meanwhile, more than 100 blocos prepared for the final day of Rio Carnival celebrations, with an audience of more than 400,000 watching, according to Hispanically Speaking News.

The last day marked a wild celebration with music and colour and drum queens were as full of energy and carnival spirit at the end of the Rio Carnival 2013 as they were at the start. They had good reason to be - they were competing for the title of Queen of the Carnival - a title that goes to the most beautiful and appealing dancer.

Check out photographs of the final day of the Rio Carnival 2013, as hundreds of people dance to the beats of samba music and majestic floats packed parade through the streets...

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A reveller from Grande Rio samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
A reveller from Grande Rio samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Drum Queen Carla Prata of Grande Rio samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
Drum Queen Carla Prata of Grande Rio samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
A reveller from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates during the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
A reveller from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates during the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Drum queen Cris Vianna from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates during the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
Drum queen Cris Vianna from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates during the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
A reveller from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
A reveller from Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Drum queen Sabrina Sato of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
Drum queen Sabrina Sato of the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.
Revellers from the Vila Isabel samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
A reveller from the Vila Isabel samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
A reveller from Grande Rio samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.
A reveller from Grande Rio samba school participates during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 12, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Revellers from the Beija Flor samba school participate during the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 11, 2013.
Revellers from the Beija Flor samba school participate during the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 11, 2013.REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
Revellers from the Beija Flor samba school participate during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 11, 2013.
Revellers from the Beija Flor samba school participate during the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, February 11, 2013.Source: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares