The Rio de Janeiro Carnival, one of the biggest and most colourful in the world, has kicked off with thousands of visitors flocking to the Brazilian city.
The main attraction of the festival is at the Sambadrome where Samba groups strut their stuff.
Marvellous parades to the beat of samba drums are among the highlights of the carnival which concludes on 4 March. Besides, hundreds of parties are held throughout the city.
Scroll down to take a look at the carnival photos.