A reveller of the Imperatriz Leopoldinense samba school performs during the second night of Rio's Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 13, 2018. / AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL
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Rio de Janeiro's top samba schools danced and sang hard Monday as millions of other Brazilians did the same during nationwide Carnival celebrations that ridiculed local and world leaders, called for tolerance and pushed the boundaries of just about everything.Brazil also has some of Latin America's highest rates of violence against gay and transgender people, and Beija-Flor was tackling intolerance against the LGBT community and others.Monday, the gay rights organization Gay Group of Bahia hosted its annual LGBT Costume Contest in Salvador, including performances that highlighted Brazil's high rates of violence against women and gay and transgender people.Authorities promised 17,000 security officers would patrol every day during Carnival celebrations, but Brazilian media reported several muggings over the weekend in the upscale neighborhoods of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon that are popular with tourists.Despite the problems, most revelers were enjoying the party, which officially goes through Tuesday but for many stretches deeper into the week.
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