Watch live as the Rio Carnival is declared officially open by the “King of Misrule” on Friday, 9 February.
King Momo’s appearance marks the beginning of Carnival festivities, and the figure, traditionally a “tall, fat man” is chosen to be given the key.
The symbolic key also represents the temporary “abdication” of the mayor, with powers transferred to the Carnival Emperor until Ash Wednesday.
Rio Carnival is one of the biggest, boldest and brightest events in the Brazilian calendar. The annual event which kicks off from today until Wednesday 14 February, will take the country’s tourism capital by storm.