Carnival 2019: Brazilian party-goers turn Sao Paulo into sea of colour

Mail Online | 3/2/2019 | Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline
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Carnival celebrations began across Brazil last night, with revellers swarming the streets in a sea of colour, glitter and feathers.

Party-goers showed off their opulent costumes in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during the first night of celebrations for the five-day festival which marks the start of Lent.

Year - Event - Celebration - Jair - Bolsonaro

This year's event is the first such celebration since Jair Bolsonaro took office, and it is expected that the festival will target the far-right president known for offending the LGBT community and minorities.

At Carmelitas, one of Rio's most traditional street parties, revelers sang along to a samba song titled: 'Blue or pink, it's all the same,' a reference to Bolsonaro's human rights minister, Damares Alves, who declared: 'It's a new era in Brazil, boys wear blue and girls wear pink,' soon after she took up her post.

Parade - Act - Resistance - Government - Monica

'This parade is an act of resistance to the oppressive new government,' said Monica Machado, a percussion player in the band.

The song's lyrics went, 'On the train of history, we can't go in reverse,' a reference to the Brazilian president's open admiration of Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

Bolsonaro - Son - Son - Police - Criminals

Bolsonaro has famously said he would rather have a dead son than a gay son and that police who kill criminals should be given medals not prison sentences.

Several party-goers' costumes targeted an early corruption scandal in the Bolsonaro government.

Vinicius - Alves - University - Student - Orange

Vinicius Alves, a university student, wore all orange with a headband adorned with fake money and orange slices, a nod to the Brazilian expression 'orange employee,' which refers to politicians' use of ghost employees to launder money.

Just three weeks into Bolsonaro's government, questions were raised about suspicious payments to his son's and...
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