Haiti’s three-day carnival festivities kicked off with a lively parade in Port au Prince. With flamboyant outfits and moving to catchy drum beats, locals performed in the parade as revellers watched and danced along in the city’s streets. Among the colourful costumes were fish, devils and even one perfomer dressed as former United States President Barack Obama. While the main carnival festivities are held in the Haitian capital Port au Price, other carnival celebrations take place across the country.
Thousands of performers paraded through the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. Under a display of fireworks, the Imperio da Tijuca samba school opened the second night of the carnival. Members of six samba schools danced, sang and performed through the Sambadrome to participate in the competition that ends at dawn. Each school parades for 80 minutes and is judged in 10 categories, from the quality of the drum sections to the beauty of the costumes.