The outfits at Rio Carnival add spice and color to the celebrations, seducing the spectators at the parades with their sensual and invigorating designs. Yet the traditional attire is more than just for show; the costumes also designate different roles and teams within the carnival parades. It can fit 90, people and contains permanent bleachers that stretch down the sides of a long street for 2, feet meters. The climax of the event takes place on Sunday and Monday — highly anticipated moments when the best samba schools in the city compete. Months of painstaking practice have gone into each performance, and the goal is to be crowned the best samba school of the carnival. The costumes play a key role at these competitions. Each school chooses a theme, which is carried through the dress of the performers.
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He said riot police armed with billy clubs and tear gas fought a half hour battle to prevent dancing fans from following the popular Mangueira mango tree Samba school down the parade strip. Mangueira, the parade champion in three of the last four years, has a huge following among Rio's poor working class. Televison film showed a policeman restraining a fan while another officer whacked him on his body with an arm-length wooden club. Two nights of parades -- from Sunday night until Monday morning and Monday night through Tuesday morning -- are the highlight of the five-day pre-Lenten celebration. Partying will go on through midday Wednesday - the beginning of the Christian period of fasting and penitence before Easter. Eight of the top 16 Samba schools perform in each of the parades. Each school has as many as 5, scantily clad dancers performing the Brazilian dancer of African origin. This year Mangueira mixed gold with its traditional colors of reddish-pink and green in 5, huge and intricate headdresses, which seen from nearby bleachers blended into one spectacular, half-mile-long swathe. Some of the dancers perched atop giant floats wearing circular headdresses of gold and white feathers with sunburst-like spans of more than 3 yards.
Wearing only body paint, sequins and smiles gorgeous dancers unveil to perform at the wild Rio de Janeiro street carnival in Brazil. The beautiful Samba dancers entertained crowds at the Banda da Rua do Mercado festival - one of the famous Brazilian carnival's street parties. Locals and tourists flock to the free street parties to see the parade floats, professional dancing and glittery costumes - or the lack of them. With more than 50, visitors this year the dancers kept locals and tourists entertained into the early hours. By Rachel Broady. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights.
The two-night extravaganza began in the Sambodromo, where 72, spectators sat in sweltering heat, with many thousands more milling around outside selling drinks, putting on costumes or simply soaking up the atmosphere. 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. Two children were among the dead in shootings last week and a policeman was reported Sunday to have been shot dead in a suburb - the 16th officer killed already this year. So although 17, police have been deployed for the carnival, large parts of Rio, like Rocinha or City of God, are virtual no-go zones for both police and tourists. Locals in those areas, dubbed favelas, have to survive in the crossfire of drug gangs and the security forces. To make matters worse for the passionate carnival-going public, Mayor Marcelo Crivella - a bishop in the evangelical mega church founded by his billionaire uncle - has cut subsidies to the annual bash in half. George Damiao, 38, who was taking part in the Imperio Serrano school's parade, said: "The schools had to use every trick to find sponsors at the last minute and make miracles for the parade to happen. Unusually for a mayor, Crivella is not even expected to come anywhere near the parades. Although he has not said as much, the snub is widely believed to make clear his distaste for the bared flesh and boozing.