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Rio's annual Carnival is seen as a money-making extravaganza for the city. But evangelical Mayor Marcelo Crivella isn't a fan and slashed funding for next month's parade, forcing samba schools to cut their cloth accordingly.Before Rio's 13 elite samba schools reacted by threatening to call a halt to the world's most famous Carnival.The city's top samba schools – the so-called Special Group – compete at Rio's Sambadromo arena with spectacular parades featuring lavishly decorated floats and thousands of dancers dressed in sequined microcostumes. Many schools see Crivella's subsidy cut as a declaration of war on the event, which last year brought in close to a billion dollars in tourism revenue to the city.Carnival director Vieira said Crivella had other motivations.
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