On the third day (22 February) of the four day street carnival in the Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro -- a large crowd turned out to see the parade of floats, dancers and bands.
GV Crowds seated in stands.
SVs Dancers in costume performing in street. (2 SHOTS)
SV Female dancer with musicians as crowd watch from stands.
SV Dancers and musicians performing in street. (4 SHOTS)
GV Crowd in stands applaud.
GV Mechanical serpent moving around tracks on float.
GV Float being followed by dancers.
SV People watching carnival.
SV Women dancers in carnival costumes.
SV & SCU Male dancers with long, coloured feathers in hats. (2 SHOTS)
SV Dancers on float in procession.
GV Crowd and dancers in street.
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Background: On the third day (22 February) of the four day street carnival in the Brazilian city, Rio de Janeiro -- a large crowd turned out to see the parade of floats, dancers and bands. Locals and visitors alike joined in the carnival spirit as dancers in all forms of dress and undress provided some of the entertainment. They were joined by the Copacabana Carnival Band and making their 51st appearance at the carnival were the Rio Samba Schools. Folklore was depicted in many ways -- by the costumes, traditional dances and even with Beija-Flor, the 'Blue Eye of the Snake'. Despite the festivities, the carnival had a price to pay. Police reported 44 murders over the four days, 17 less than the previous year.