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Beija-Flor Wins 2018 Rio’s Carnaval Parade

Brazilian Samba School Beija-Flor de Nilópolis is the champion of the 2018 Rio de Janeiro Carnaval, one of the largest and popular celebrations in the world.

Commanded by singer Neguinho da Beija-Flor, the samba-enredo “Monstrous is the One Who Does Not Know How to Love”, made a parallel between Mary Shelley’s terror novel “Frankenstein”, which turns 200 this year, and the social ills of Brazil. Corruption, inequality, violence, and intolerance of gender, race, religious and even sports formed the scenario of “Brazil monstrosity”. In the original story, a scientist gives life to a creature constructed with parts of dead people, becoming an ugly figure. In the parade, it comes to criticize social and political problems as corruption has dominated the country’s news, with former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being sentenced to 12 years in prison and dozens of politicians under investigation over a huge graft scandal, including current president Michel Temer, who took office in 2016 after the contradictory Dilma Rousseff impeachment.

Beija-Flor de Nilópolis now has 14 titles in the Rio’s Carnaval Special Group – only behind Portela and Mangueira in total victories.

First time touring in the U.S., leader singer Neguinho da Beija-Flor brings 2018 Rio’s champion samba school spirit to Los Angeles on Saturday, February 24th at Fais Do Do. It’s the largest and most extravagant Brazilian Carnaval celebration on the West Coast.

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