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The Best Photos From Brazil Carnival 2015

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A nominee for Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz shows off her outfit on the main stage in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife on February 11, 2014. The dresses are more than five meters high and over 80 kilos in weight. The over one-month-long event began on January 21 and finishes on March 8 with orchestras playing Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms throughout the festivities that range from elections for the Carnival Queen, the Junior Queen and the Senior Queen, children and adult murgas (satirical street bands), comparsas (dance groups) to performances on the streets. AFP PHOTO / DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazilian Carnival, the annual festival that almost didn't happen this year, has proved to be no less of a phenomenon.

The mesmerising kaleidoscope of glittering costumes, opulent floats and sleek shimmering dancers saw tens of thousands of people at the Rio Sambadrome to cheer on their favourite samba schools and then letting their hair down at the parties that followed thereafter. Here's a look at the dazzling pictures from today.

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