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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Samba group Beija Flor was declared Brazil's carnival champion for the fifth time in six years, wowing judges with gold-encrusted, winged dancers and green jungle display floats. While Beija Flor's dancers were topless, the judges drew the line at going bottomless, penalising the rival Sao Clemente group for breaking a rule against display of genitalia during its minute parade. They didn't name the offender, but she was widely believed to be samba queen Viviane Castro, who danced wearing only a 1.
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.
A report in Britain's the Guardian newspaper that American soldiers are looking to Rio for rest and recreation — especially sex tourism — prompted many Brazilians to say that the gringos have it all wrong. Despite all the jiggling, sweating flesh on display Saturday, Brazilians say the annual spectacle — which is expected to drawrevelers through Tuesday — isn't all about sex. It is, they say, a celebration of the body, closer in spirit to the Olympics than a strip bar.
The annual Mardi Gras celebrations in Rio de Janeiro take the form of a world famous festival which is considered to be the biggest carnival in the world. It is a time of joyous excess when the streets fill with roving percussion bands and throngs of dancing, drinking revellers. Rio Carnival.
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.
The beat of the drums resonates down the streets of Rio every year for three weeks. Known as one of the greatest parties on the planet, millions of people dance and celebrate to Brazilian music. By definition, it is a carnal holiday with a lack of real authority.
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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.