Dogs dress up for Blocao parade at Rio carnival

(Picture: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

You’ve probably heard of the Rio carnival and know what to expect – colourful outfits and lots of music.

And it turns out everyone gets involved, even the pets.

These dogs got into the spirit with a range of great costumes at the annual event in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The event, called the Blocao, is now in its 20th year.

The dogs are dressed in everything from clown costumes to superhero capes.

Millions of people attend every year to see these cute doggos in their finest outfits.

Around 100 dogs took part in the parade this year, along Copacabana beach.

Let’s take a look at some of the best costumes:

A princess

A carnival reveller and her dog take part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
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A dog as a bird

A carnival reveller and her dog take part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
(Picture: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

Disney themed

Carnival revellers and their dog take part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
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Sausage dogs in colourful outfits

A carnival reveller and her dogs take part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
(Picture: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

A pretty bow

A dog takes part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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No, it’s not just to make themselves look adorable. Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.

A princess getting around in style

A dog takes part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
(Picture: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

Carnival costume

A dog takes part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
(Picture: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)

Clowning around

A dog takes part in the "Blocao" or dog carnival parade during carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
(Picture: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes)