It's that time, in Rio:
Thousands of dancers, singers and musicians have begun to party at the annual Rio de Janeiro carnival bash.
....At the city's Sambadrome, five thousand dancers from the top 13 samba schools in the city were in party mood.
....One of the first huge floats in the carnival carried a 'Statue of Liberty' made from 800,000 pieces of chewing gum.
Another had a group of women wearing collars of golden feathers, and little else.
And one dancer sported a bizarre video screen across her midriff showing a film tribute to Albert Einstein.
Authorities in Rio expect nearly 700,000 tourists to attend this year's festivities, with one third coming from abroad.