Carnaval has hit full swing in Rio this week – see the images above from the Ipanema street parties courtesy of Junior, my Brazil informant
The official competitions have started too in the Sambadromo with the second division teams marching on Friday. Inocentes de Belford Roxo, one of the local samba schools, chose as its theme “Celebrating 50 years of Korean immigration to Brazil” complete with K-Pop star Psy watching from the sidelines. The “Gangnam Style” singer had earlier performed to Carnaval crowds in Salvador with Bahiana singer Claudia Leitte.
Meanwhile back in the Rio first divisions, 2010 champions Unidos da Tijuca marched with a German theme, complete with one of their trademark magic tricks – in this case floating hammers of Thor.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday.