RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (FEBRUARY 6, 2016) (TV GLOBO) – Millions of revellers flooded the streets of Rio de Janeiro on a scorching Saturday (February 6) to take part in some of the city’s biggest and most popular carnival parties.
Aerial footage showed huge crowds sprawling across Copacabana at the Favorita street party, which kicked off bright and early at 9 a.m. local time (1100 GMT).
The Favorita party first originated in Rocinha favela, the largest community of its kind in Latin America, and is popular with lovers of Baile funk music, a genre mixing Miami Bass and Afro-Brazilian rhythms.
Directing the crowds, large sound trucks haul brassy samba bands which play furiously as they are pulled through the throngs of dancing people closing off Rio Branco Avenue, the city´s main thoroughfare.
Some six million people are expected to attend over 600 street parties known as “blocos” in the city throughout the month of February.