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Pics: Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vie for title at Carnival

Thousands of dancers streamed through the Sambadrome in elaborate costumes kitted out with headdresses depicting creatures like ant eaters, armadillos and snakes.

SAMBA SCHOOLS IN Rio De Janeiro vied for the title of the year’s best dancers at the all night Carnival parade at the city’s Sambadrome.

Thousands of dancers streamed through the Sambadrome in elaborate costumes kitted out with headdresses depicting local fauna in Cuiaba, like ant eaters, armadillos and snakes.

The Sambadrome parades are the highlight of Rio’s six-daylong Carnival extravaganza, which also includes hundreds of block parties which attract hundreds of thousands of costumed revelers.

The results of the contest will be announced later in the week and Carnival wraps up for the year tomorrow.

Pics: Rio de Janeiro's samba schools vie for title at Carnival
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    A performer from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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    Performers from the Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).
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    A performer from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school (AP Photo/Felipe Dana).
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    Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).
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    Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo).
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    Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).
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    A performer from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school (AP Photo/Felipe Dana).
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    A performer from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parades during Carnival celebrations (AP Photo/Felipe Dana).
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    Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during Carnival celebrations (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).
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    Performers from the Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).
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    Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).
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    Performers from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade on a float (AP Photo/Felipe Dana).
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    Performers from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).
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    Drum queen Cris Vianna from the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school parade (AP Photo/Felipe Dana).
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    Drum queen Sabrina Sato from the Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome (AP Photo/Felipe Dana).

- Additional reporting from Associated Press.

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