Politicians Targeted by Revelers During Brazilian Carnival

Politicians Targeted by Revelers During Brazilian Carnival

A reveller of the Uniao da Ilha samba school gets ready to perform during the second night of Rio's Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 12, 2018.

Vittar will bolster one of Beija Flor's principal themes in its parade - the fight against sexual and other forms of intolerance.

In their coverage of the night's parades in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome, much of Brazil's media described the face paint in neutral terms.

It's an issue of deadly importance for gay and transgender Brazilians: the rights group Grupo Gay de Bahia reported in January that there were 387 murders of LGBT people in 2017, a 30 per cent increase over the previous year.

This follows a first night during which two of the seven parades featured stinging attacks on government graft and Rio's carnival-unfriendly mayor, Marcelo Crivella.

Performers from the Uniao da Ilha school parade on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Crivella - a bishop in the evangelical mega-church founded by his billionaire uncle - can hardly hide his disdain for the carnival's excesses of the flesh ahead of the start of Roman Catholic Lent on Ash Wednesday. In the city's traditional parade square Sambadrome, samba schools paraded from Friday to Monday night, which were broadcast worldwide.

Paraíso do Tuiuti samba school depicted president Michel Temer as a vampire in their last float - and also addressed topics such as racism, slavery and labor laws.

For many, carnival offers a moment to forget about Brazil's profound problems - at least for a few days.

The celebration is well underway, with floats, costumes and thousands of dancing people.

He went on to note that the sentiment of the people "should have a huge effect, so we hope, on the (presidential) election", which is scheduled to take place in October.