Rio's naked carnival kicks off with dancers in eye-popping outfits from and covered in body paint

THOUSANDS of feathered and bejewelled dancers took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro at the weekend as the city's carnival samba burst into action.

The dazzling extravaganza got underway on Friday with 14 samba schools rolling out their traditional shows featuring eye-popping outfits and buckets of body paint.

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