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Rio Carnival 2018 second night: Glitzy parades tackle serious issues

International Business Times Logo By David Sim of International Business Times | Slide 1 of 35: Behind the ostrich feathers and sequins, the parades tackle serious matters such as crime, corruption, drugs, poverty and intolerance towards the LGBT community.

Rio Carnival 2018: Glitzy parades tackle serious issues

Latin America's most famous carnival continued on Feb. 12, with six more of Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools parading through the specially-built Sambadrome in a dazzling display. Although the processions are famous for their festive atmosphere, competition between samba schools is fierce. The parades are judged on elements such as choreography, atmosphere, organization and singing. Behind the ostrich feathers and sequins, the parades often tackle serious matters such as crime, corruption, drugs, poverty, racism, slavery and intolerance towards the LGBT community.

© Carl de Souza/AFP

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