Thousands of revellers flooded the streets of Rio de Janeiro for the annual carnival Boitata block party. More than four hundred street parties are expected in Rio during the carnival holiday.
Carnaval is the most famous holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. The country stops completely for almost a week and festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in coastal cities. The consumption of beer accounts for 80% of annual consumption and tourism receives 70% of annual visitors.
Rio de Janeiro's carnival alone drew 4,9 million people in 2011, with 400.000 being foreigners.