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Rio de Janeiro carnival kicks off with Bolsonaro backlash

Updated : 2019-03-02 19:15:30

Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival officially began with streets parties and revelry Friday amid expectations the first such celebration since Jair Bolsonaro took office would target the far-right president known for offending the LGBT community and minorities.

Carnival King Momo Wilson Neto, center holds the key to the city at a ceremony marking the official start of Carnival at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Carnival King Momo Wilson Neto, center holds the key to the city at a ceremony marking the official start of Carnival at the Sambadrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A reveller wearing a Deadpool costume carries a woman in a Super Woman costume as they enjoy Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller wearing a Deadpool costume carries a woman in a Super Woman costume as they enjoy Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller dances during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller dances during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller in a costume poses for the picture during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller in a costume poses for the picture during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller dances during Carmelita's street party. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller dances during Carmelita's street party. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Revellers perform during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Revellers perform during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller performs during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller performs during Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller smiles to the camera as she takes part in Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A reveller smiles to the camera as she takes part in Carmelita's street party in Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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