Rio carnival 2013: Samba Dancers
Drum queen Gracyanne Barbosa from the Jacarezinho samba school prepares to dance during the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.

Clad in their bikinis, sequins and feathers, the samba dancers at the Rio Carnival 2013 are the sexy showstoppers of the world's biggest street party.

On the opening night of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, the sequined dancers in beguiling samba costumes danced their way through crowded city streets.

Swaying to beats of samba music, the revellers displayed spectacular costumes from all of Rio's samba schools, complete with gigantic floats, at the city's Sambadrome.

Samba schools in Rio train and create dancers and floats, with each school representing one neighborhood of the city. The samba dancers, most of them with near perfect bodies, prepare for the Carnival performance and competition for months and put in incredible amounts of hard work to create the spectacle that is the Rio Carnival.

Hollywood star Megan Fox and South Korean rapper Psy, of Gangnam Style fame, along with reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper beau Kanye West are some of the celebrities joining the Rio Carnival 2013.

Scroll down to see glittering images of beautiful Brazilian samba dancers on the streets of Rio de Janeiro with their perfect moves and enticing costumes.

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Drum queen Gracyanne Barbosa from the Jacarezinho samba school prepares to dance during the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
Drum queen Gracyanne Barbosa from the Jacarezinho samba school prepares to dance during the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/ Ricardo Moraes
A reveller from the Jacarezinho samba school takes part in the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
A reveller from the Jacarezinho samba school takes part in the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/ Ricardo Moraes
Drum queen Gracyanne Barbosa from the Jacarezinho samba school dances during the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
Drum queen Gracyanne Barbosa from the Jacarezinho samba school dances during the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/ Ricardo Moraes
Revellers from Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school perform during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
Revellers from Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school perform during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
A reveller from Uniao de Jacarepagua samba school dances during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
A reveller from Uniao de Jacarepagua samba school dances during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Drum queen Amanda Mattos from the Uniao de Jacarepagua samba school dances during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
Drum queen Amanda Mattos from the Uniao de Jacarepagua samba school dances during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
A reveller from Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school dances dances atop a float during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
A reveller from Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school dances dances atop a float during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
A reveller from Uniao de Jacarepagua samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
A reveller from Uniao de Jacarepagua samba school dances atop a float during the second night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 9, 2013. The samba school which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
A reveller from the Jacarezinho samba school takes part in the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
A reveller from the Jacarezinho samba school takes part in the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
A reveller from the Jacarezinho samba school takes part in the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.
A reveller from the Jacarezinho samba school takes part in the first night of the A Group annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 8, 2013. The Samba School which wins the A Group will parade with the top samba groups at the Special Group performance in 2014.REUTERS/ Ricardo Moraes
A reveller dances during the annual block party known as 'Carmelitas', one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro, February 8, 2013.
A reveller dances during the annual block party known as 'Carmelitas', one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro, February 8, 2013.REUTERS/Pilar Olivares