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Carnival Historian: Brazil's Elite Sambadrome Too Expensive

IN PICTURES: As Brazil's elite samba schools take over Sambadrome, thousands of others opt to attend more affordable blocos (local street parties).

"We have millions of people willing to take to the streets for the free and cool blocos, while the samba school parades have been frozen in time and become very expensive,” according to Carnival historian Luiz Antonio Simas.

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An Imperio Serrano samba school group perform during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018.
An Imperio Serrano samba school group perform during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018. Photo:Reuters
An Imperio Serrano samba school act perform during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018.
An Imperio Serrano samba school act perform during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018. Photo:Reuters
A controversial Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school performance during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018.
A controversial Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school performance during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018. Photo:Reuters
A group from Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school performs during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018.
A group from Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school performs during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Drum queen from Sao Clemente samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018.
Drum queen from Sao Clemente samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018. Photo:Reuters
A performer from Sao Clemente samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018.
A performer from Sao Clemente samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018. Photo:Reuters
A group of revelers from the Grande Rio samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018...
A group of revelers from the Grande Rio samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018... Photo:Reuters
A performer from the Grande Rio samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018...
A performer from the Grande Rio samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018... Photo:Reuters
Revelers from the Vila Isabel samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018..
Revelers from the Vila Isabel samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018.. Photo:Reuters
A solo act from the Vila Isabel samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018...
A solo act from the Vila Isabel samba school during the first night of the parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil February 12, 2018... Photo:Reuters
Published 12 February 2018
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