Brazil set off a week-long dance: the world's largest carnival kicked off this Friday, when the mayor of Rio de Janeiro over the keys of the city to King Momo - a mythical figure, the ruling carnival. It is expected that this year's five-day carnival will visit about 850 thousand tourists. Millions of people from across the country take to the streets and venues of the city, to dance and have fun.
Rio Carnival 2011
1. Dancer on the moving platform of the carnival samba school "Mosidade Independent di Padre Miguel" in Rio de Janeiro. (Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press)
2. Workers prepare a platform for the carnival. (Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press)
3. The worker prepares a platform for the carnival. (Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press)
4. Milton Junior, who was elected this year's King Momo - the mythical ruler of the carnival and the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes hold the key to the city at the official launch 5-day carnival. According to experts, the carnival will spend $ 640 million, and it involved 250,000 workers. (Felipe Dana / Associated Press)
5. Dancer during the carnival in Sao Paulo. (Andre Penner / Associated Press)
6. The drummers on parade in Sao Paulo. (Andre Penner / Associated Press)