By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the most widely broadcast and identifiable images of the Carnival parade is each samba school’s ‘Rainha de Bateria,’ (Queen of the Drum). The spectacularly adorned, often wildly under-dressed female dancer is seen as a figurehead for that school’s parade.

The school’s Rainha can be anyone from celebrity participants, long-time dancers at the school, or local unknowns. Here is a run-down of some of the most notable Rainhas participating in this year’s Carnival.

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