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Rio Carnival 2018: The best and most outlandish outfits in pictures

Rio Carnival attracts approximately two million people every year from across the globe.

Taking place in Rio de Janeiro, every year people take to the streets with raunchy outfits, sensual dance moves and fantastic parades.

Marking the start of Lent it is thought to celebrate with the parades and floats that take place on a grand scale.

How did the festival start? The first parade is thought to have taken place in 1723.

Samba schools joined in 1928, which is when many of the famous costumes and floats took over.

Communities in Rio became part of the carnival with choreographed routines to celebrate.

The introduction of the Rio Sambadrome was created in 1984, which is how the carnival has continued to have evolved from since.

The 2018 parade began on the 9 February, due to end on 13 February, kicking off with large orchestras playing music for the dancers to entertain the crowds with.

Rio Carnival 2018 pictures dancers

Rio Carnival 2018: The festival is a celebration of Lent

Many of the outfits feature very little clothing, yet are bejewelled with gems, stones and glitter

Many of the outfits feature very little clothing, yet are bejewelled with gems, stones and glitter.

Different animals are often represented by the outfits and the dance.

Some dancers opt for small outfits consisting of a bedazzled thong and gems on their breasts whilst others opt for a more covered up costumes representing Gods to celebrate.

See the rest of the Rio Carnival pictures and outfits.

Rio Carnival 2018 pictures dancers

Rio Carnival 2018: Some of the outfits are known for their raunchy nature

A British woman has become the first woman from the UK to lead Rio Carnival.

Samantha Flores, 37, originally lived in North London but moved to Rio do Janeiro a decade ago.

The dancer is the first non-Brazilian to lead one of the floats, belonging to the Imperil da Tijuca samba school.

She told The Times: “I do sometimes think ‘what’s a nice Jewish girl who used to just love a dance, nothing more, doing here?'”

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