Brazil’s world famous carnival in full swing

RIO DE JANEIRO (WFLA/CNN) – What some call “The Greatest Show on Earth” is in full swing in Rio de Janeiro.

The city’s famous carnival attracts approximately one million people from all over the globe.

The celebration is well underway, with floats, costumes and thousands of dancing people.

The carnival includes a competition among Rio’s samba schools.

Crowds filled “sambodromo,” an arena built just for this purpose, to watch each samba school compete.

Each school has 80 minutes to put on a show that’s judged in separate categories.

The best is picked by 40 people who judge on costumes, music and overall theme. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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