A report in Britain's the Guardian newspaper that American soldiers are looking to Rio for rest and recreation — especially sex tourism — prompted many Brazilians to say that the gringos have it all wrong. Despite all the jiggling, sweating flesh on display Saturday, Brazilians say the annual spectacle — which is expected to draw , revelers through Tuesday — isn't all about sex. It is, they say, a celebration of the body, closer in spirit to the Olympics than a strip bar. If there were any U.
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To mark the epic occasion we've taken a look back at some of the raucous behaviour from last year's celebrations. You don't have to shell out for Daily Star's newsletter. It's FREE!
The two-night extravaganza began in the Sambodromo, where 72, spectators sat in sweltering heat, with many thousands more milling around outside selling drinks, putting on costumes or simply soaking up the atmosphere. Three of the samba schools taking openly critical stands against the political and corruption crisis that has engulfed Latin America's biggest country over the last four years. Even by Brazil's deteriorating standards, Rio de Janeiro is in particularly deep financial trouble, while crime in many areas is out of control. Two children were among the dead in shootings last week and a policeman was reported Sunday to have been shot dead in a suburb - the 16th officer killed already this year.