In Rio de Janeiro, the world-famous parades in the Sambodrome have begun with the promotion class samba schools. The “União do Parque Acari” school was the first to do so. During her parade in a starry night, she told the story of "Ilê Aiyê - 50 years of struggle and resistance". Brazil's first Afro-bloc is a symbol of black culture and resistance to discrimination against the black Brazilian population. Mayor Eduardo Paes had officially rung in the colorful hustle and bustle at Sugarloaf Mountain the day before by handing over the city keys to "King Momo", the symbolic figure of the carnival.
The top twelve schools will perform on Sunday and Monday. Tens of thousands in the stands and millions watching television in Brazil and around the world usually watch parades on the oversized catwalk designed by famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1984. This year Tribünenstrasse is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The Rio Carnival is the largest party in the world, with the city administration expecting a total of seven million people in the city. It is estimated that the carnival will generate an economic turnover of five billion reais (about 934 million euros). Hundreds of "Blocos" - samba and other music groups - are expected to parade through the streets of Rio in the coming days. "Rio de Janeiro uses Carnival to show the world the best that the city has to offer," said Ronnie Costa, president of the Riotur tourism agency, which is responsible for organizing the carnival.