Carnival party parades see costumed performers wearing thongs and bikinis gyrate through the streets of Rio

RIO de Janeiro’s extraordinary carnival samba parades burst into action last night as the “greatest show on Earth” got underway amid a city struggling with violence and poverty 

The two-night extravaganza began in the Sambodromo, where 72,000 spectators sat in sweltering heat, with many thousands more milling around outside selling drinks, putting on costumes or simply soaking up the atmosphere.

Samba school dancers perform at the carnival parade in Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Samba school dancers perform at the carnival parade in Sapucai Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro
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Three of the samba schools taking openly critical stands against the political and corruption crisis that has engulfed Latin America’s biggest country over the last four years.

Even by Brazil’s deteriorating standards, Rio de Janeiro is in particularly deep financial trouble, while crime in many areas is out of control.

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Original published: 2018-02-12 09:47:37 Read the full Rio De Janeiro News here


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