Sao Paulo Carnival kicks off with half-naked dancers parading in crystal SKULL headdresses and vampire fangs

REVELLERS took over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday as the Sao Paulo carnival festivities started in full flow, with scantily-clad dancers parading on ornate floats..

Over six million people are expected to take to the streets of Rio for the annual celebrations which sees elaborate parades take to the streets – costing as much as £1.4 million a piece.

The streets of Rio have been taken over by brightly-coloured revellers as the annual festival begins

Described as the “world’s biggest party,” on Friday officials handed a glittering key to the city to figurehead King Momo, who resides over the partying.

He cried “I officially declare the carnival open,” accompanied by his carnival queen and two princesses.

But this year, the celebrations come amid growing concern over escalating violence in the city, with reports of shootings averaging 22 per day in January, according to Fogo Cruzado, a…

Original published: 2018-02-10 11:05:34 Read the full Rio De Janeiro News here

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