Carnival 2013 Photos: The Best Images From Brazil's Big Festival

Maria Caren Paz, from Argentina, from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Maria Caren Paz, from Argentina, from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Rio Carnival: The words alone conjure images of half-naked (or some fraction greater than half) samba dancers, kaleidoscopes of color and surreal floats -- all set to a percussive rhythm like no place else on Earth.

Each year, the party grows bigger and outrageous more the norm. So as samba schools compete to see who's tops in 2013, take a look at HuffPost World's favorite photos from Brazil's blowout bash in the slideshow below.

Rio Carnaval 2013