The world-famous carnival in rio de janeiro has come to an end with a parade of the best six sama schools. The dancers and musicians paraded through the sambodromo in the million metropolis on the sugar loaf for the last time on sunday night.
Carnival in rio was more political than ever this year. The samba schools’ performances denounced the widespread corruption and rampant violence in sudamerica’s most rugged country.
The second-place samba school "paraiso de tuiti" was led by a vampire who is supposed to represent brazil’s president michel temer. According to a report in the newspaper "O globo", the prasidialamt had asked that the "neoliberal vampire" not be allowed to play again in the samba temple after the official competition.
This year’s winner "beija-flor" sent dancers disguised as armed gangsters and corrupt politicians into the sambodromo. Brazil has been rocked for years by a series of corruption scandals. In addition, the country suffers from a wave of violence. In contrast to the carnival parades in germany, political allusions have so far been unusual at the carnival in rio.