Brazil: Rio Carnival nears finale with spectacular samba schools parade

The world’s biggest carnival featured a samba schools parade, at Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, Tuesday.
Around 4,000 performers accompanied by massive floats participated in the clown-themed parade during the celebration, dressing up in colourful outfits. A clown at Sao Clemente samba school, Marco Santos, described the carnival's language as "universal," adding that "a clown will be understood in Brazil, in the US, China or Russia."
About five million people are estimated to have attended this year's carnival in Rio despite, scientists' warnings over the Zika virus threat. The top 12 Samba schools are competing for the title, with the champion to be announced on Wednesday. The carnival ends on Wednesday.