Rio Carnival 2017: Spectacular images of the glitter-filled euphoria [PHOTOS]

This year the carnival started on Friday, February 24 ended on Tuesday, February 28 with almost two million people per day on the streets.

Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Raphaela Gomes from Sao Clemente samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters

The five-day Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the Rio Carnival, is considered the biggest carnival in the world. This year the carnival started on Friday, February 24 ended on Tuesday, February 28 with almost two million people per day on the streets. It is a celebration before the Christian faithful start observing Lent, a period of contemplation and reflection before the coming of Easter.

Like every year this year also Brazil erupted with extravagant colours, beats of explosive music and samba dancers parading on streets. Millions of revellers across Brazil took part in the celebrations.

Samba Parade is one of the most exciting events of this carnival. The parade attracts 3,000 to 5,000 people from the country's top samba schools in the Sambódromo to compete in a cutthroat competition. Almost every corner of Brazil celebrates the carnival.

Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Sao Clemente samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Mocidade samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Carmen Mouro from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Portela samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Mangueira samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Evelyn Bastos from Mangueira samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Beija-Flor samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Beija-Flor samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Beija-Flor samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Uniao da Ilha samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Tania Oliveira from Uniao da Ilha samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters

Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Raphaela Gomes from Sao Clemente samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters

The five-day Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the Rio Carnival, is considered the biggest carnival in the world. This year the carnival started on Friday, February 24 ended on Tuesday, February 28 with almost two million people per day on the streets. It is a celebration before the Christian faithful start observing Lent, a period of contemplation and reflection before the coming of Easter.

Like every year this year also Brazil erupted with extravagant colours, beats of explosive music and samba dancers parading on streets. Millions of revellers across Brazil took part in the celebrations.

Samba Parade is one of the most exciting events of this carnival. The parade attracts 3,000 to 5,000 people from the country's top samba schools in the Sambódromo to compete in a cutthroat competition. Almost every corner of Brazil celebrates the carnival.

Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Sao Clemente samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Mocidade samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Carmen Mouro from Mocidade samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Portela samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Mangueira samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Evelyn Bastos from Mangueira samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 28, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Beija-Flor samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Beija-Flor samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Beija-Flor samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
A reveller from Uniao da Ilha samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Revellers from Uniao da Ilha samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters
Rio Carnival 2017
Drum queen Tania Oliveira from Uniao da Ilha samba school performs during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 27, 2017. Reuters