Agence France-PresseFebruary 10, 2013 23:00
As world celebrities watched, top samba schools paraded their elaborate fantasy floats and scantily-clad beauty queens Sunday in the fiery highlight of the Rio Carnival.
The floats were packed with dancers wearing huge headgear, feathers, sequins, body paint and little else.
Inocentes de Belford Roxo was the first school to perform late Sunday at the 72,500-seat Rio Sambodrome, paying a colorful homage to Korean culture in Brazil. The theme called "the Seven confluences of the Han River" invoked the protection of an ancient Korean wind goddess called Yondung Halmoni.