Locals in those areas, dubbed favelas, have to survive in the crossfire of drug gangs and the security forces. Even by Brazil's deteriorating standards, Rio de Janeiro is in particularly deep financial trouble, while crime in many areas is out of control. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed here. Now officeholders fear being booed and even attacked by critics during the party. Each school gets about an hour to parade through the purpose-built stadium with about 3, dancers, singers and drummers dressed in over-the-top costumes. So although 17, police have been deployed for the carnival, large parts of Rio, like Rocinha or City of God, are virtual no-go zones for both police and tourists.
Aileen. Age: 27.
Last year, the contest ended in a draw between the Mocidade and Portela schools.
Jillian. Age: 28.
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Although he has not said as much, the snub is widely believed to make clear his distaste for the bared flesh and boozing. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed here. Unusually for a mayor, Crivella is not even expected to come anywhere near the parades.