Carnival festivities reached their crescendo with a night of samba school parades. They're battling for the prestigious title of Carnival champions.
This is protest in Brazil: A samba school has pitted itself against Big Agriculture to bring attention to the country's native people during Carnival.
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro says he will cut public funding for samba schools. These are now threatening to cancel Carnival. There are accusations that this is exactly what the city's evangelical mayor wants.
The traditional samba group won for the first time in 33 years, beating the runner up by just 0.1 points. Their performance portrayed the human and environmental cost of the Samarco mining disaster.
The small island of Paquetá is only one hour away from the centre of the Brazilian metropolis Rio de Janeiro. Without noise and hecticness day tourists will find here relaxation in nature and security from attacks.
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