Rio Carnival 2018 night one: Eye-popping and spectacular

Império Serrano drum queen Milena NogueiraRicardo Moraes/Reuters
Império SerranoMauro Pimentel/AFP

Seven of Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools danced through the specially-built Sambadrome on the first night of Latin America's most famous carnival parades. While the processions are famous for their festive atmosphere, the competition between samba schools is fierce. The competition is judged on elements such as choreography, atmosphere, organisation and singing.

The Rio Carnival officially began on Friday 9 February and lasts until 17 February, during which time the city will be teeming with hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to watch the parades and take part in raucous street processions. IBTimes UK presents photos of each samba school's carnival parade.

Império SerranoPilar Olivares/Reuters
Império SerranoPilar Olivares/Reuters
Império SerranoMauro Pimentel/AFP
Império SerranoMauro Pimentel/AFP
Império SerranoMauro Pimentel/AFP
Império SerranoCarl de Souza/AFP
Império SerranoCarl de Souza/AFP
São Clemente drum queen Raphaela GomesPilar Olivares/Reuters
São Clemente Mauro Pimentel/AFP
São Clemente Sergio Moraes/Reuters
São ClementeMauro Pimentel/AFP
São ClementePilar Olivares/Reuters