Rio Carnival 2018 night two: Glitzy parades tackle serious issues

Unidos da Tijuca drum queen Juliana AlvesMauro Pimentel/AFP
Unidos da TijucaCarl de Souza/AFP

Latin America's most famous carnival continued on Monday 12 February, with six more of Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools parading through the specially-built Sambadrome in a dazzling display.

Although the processions are famous for their festive atmosphere, competition between samba schools is fierce. The parades are judged on elements such as choreography, atmosphere, organisation and singing.

Behind the ostrich feathers and sequins, the parades often tackle serious matters such as crime, corruption, drugs, poverty, racism, slavery and intolerance towards the LGBT community. IBTimes UK presents photos of each samba school's carnival parade.

Unidos da TijucaSergio Moraes/Reuters
Unidos da TijucaSergio Moraes/Reuters
Unidos da TijucaSergio Moraes/Reuters
Unidos da TijucaSergio Moraes/Reuters
Unidos da TijucaPilar Olivares/Reuters
Unidos da TijucaMauro Pimentel/AFP
Unidos da TijucaPilar Olivares/Reuters
PortelaPilar Olivares/Reuters
PortelaMauro Pimentel/AFP
PortelaMauro Pimentel/AFP
PortelaMauro Pimentel/AFP
PortelaMauro Pimentel/AFP

Latin America's most famous carnival continued on Monday 12 February, with six more of Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools parading through the specially-built Sambadrome in a dazzling display.

Although the processions are famous for their festive atmosphere, competition between samba schools is fierce. The parades are judged on elements such as choreography, atmosphere, organisation and singing.

Behind the ostrich feathers and sequins, the parades often tackle serious matters such as crime, corruption, drugs, poverty, racism, slavery and intolerance towards the LGBT community. IBTimes UK presents photos of each samba school's carnival parade.