Carnival festivities reached their crescendo with a night of samba school parades. They're battling for the prestigious title of Carnival champions.
Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have struggled to bring rampant crime under control. While the wealthy can adjust their daily lives to cope with the violence, residents of the city's favelas are trapped.
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.
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