Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebrations kick off

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Deutsche Welle (DW) reports that Brazil’s world-famous Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival celebrations officially began on Friday.

This year’s celebration is of particular interest as it is the first festival since Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took office.

In this year’s celebrations many revelers are partying with a message ā€” one that’s aimed at Bolsonaro, who is known for his controversial remarks about the LGBT community, women and minorities in Brazil.

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Several elite samba schools who will take part in a parade on Sunday and Monday are also taking a stand, adopting themes to highlight women as well as the black and indigenous communities.

On Friday, Rio mayor Marcelo Crivella, a former evangelical pastor who disapproves of the Carnival celebrations, sparked criticism for skipping the opening festivities.

Authorities expect some 7 million people, including 1.5 million tourists from Brazil and foreign countries, to take part in Rio’s massive celebrations this weekend.

 

Via Deutsche Welle (DW)

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