It's carnival season in Brazil, with thousands dressing up and taking part in spectacular street gatherings and events. Street parades - called 'blocos' - take place throughout Rio de Janeiro, from enormous events in stadiums to smaller informal gatherings.

Nintendo may have made headlines in early 2015 for effectively stepping away from the Brazilian market - for various reasons - but that doesn't stop the company's IP being relevant in pop culture. That certainly seems to be the case with the annual Super Mario Bloco, in which fans dress up as Mario characters and party on the street with a live band. There are some fun outfits and hearty renditions of the well-known series theme; it's a full-on Nintendo carnival.

We know this won't get the same attention as the main event going through the Sambadrome Stadium, but it's cool all the same.