Brazil’s samba schools vie for Carnival trophy

STORY: The remaining six schools vying for this year’s trophy marched through the Sambodrome, with glitter, feathers and elaborate costumes and floats delighting thousands of onlookers.

The Paraiso do Tuiuti school is one of the favourite to clinch this year's title with their performance representing the legend of the arrival of Indian buffalos and other animals at Marajo Island.

Second to take the stage was the 22-time champion Portela, which performed the school’s story to mark its 100th anniversary.

While the processions are famous for their festive atmosphere, the competition between samba schools is fierce. First place results are bragging rights among Rio's mostly poor communities.

This year's winner will be named on Wednesday (February 22).