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Performers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 17.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

Revelers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform on the second day of the parades in the Sambodromo during the 2015 Carnival of Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP/Getty Images

Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs in the Sambodromo during the 2015 Carnival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

The Portela samba school performs on the second day of the parades in the Sambodromo during Carnival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

Members of the samba group Samba Unidos da Tijuca perform in the Sambodromo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANTONIO LACERDA / EPA

Members of the samba group Imperatriz Leopoldinense perform in the Sambodromo on the second day of Carnival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIZ EDUARDO PEREZ / EPA

Members of the samba group Imperatriz Leopoldinense perform on the second day of the parades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANTONIO LACERDA / EPA

Revelers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform on the second day of the parades in the Sambodromo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

Members of the Samba Grande Rio perform during the Carnival parade in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Samba schools celebrated the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro with some 4,000 dancers and musicians on Feb. 16.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIZ EDUARDO PEREZ / EPA

Marcella Alves participates in the parade on the Sambodromo during Carnival in Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Roberto Filho / Getty Images

Revelers of the Grande Rio samba school perform during the first day of Carnival at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

Rain splashes a performer on the float of the Viradouro samba school, during the first day of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

Brazilian celebrity Sabrina Sato of Vila Isabel samba school performs during at Sambadrome.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

Vila Isabel participates in the parade at the Sambodromo during Rio Carnival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Roberto Filho / Getty Images

The Salgueiro samba school performs during the first day of Carnival at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP/Getty Images

Revelers of the Vila Isabel samba school perform during the first day of Carnival at the Sambodrome in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP/Getty Images

Performers from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

Actress Juliana Paes is carried by dancers of the Viradouro samba school in the Carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

A performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Leo Correa / Associated Press

A Vila Isabel samba school parade float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 16.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

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The skies opened up about an hour ahead of the start of the all-night extravaganza, drenching revelers, flooding streets near the Sambadrome and even the walkways within Rio’s Mecca of Carnival.

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