Floats at Carnival Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The floats in the Rio parade make the ones at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade look like your neighborhood 4th of July celebration. To say they are amazing is an understatement. Costumed participants dance and sing at every angle in a dazzling and choreographed fashion. The most extravagant outfits are worn by important school members called destaques. There must be at least six floats per school performance. Each float is designed to tell a story as part of the theme. By regulation, the floats cannot exceed 28 feet wide and 32 feet tall. They also must be pushed by hand.

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