It is difficult to explain the scope of Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro—the size of the crowds, the energy of the dancing, the noise!—as the massive parades roll through the samba dromo, where they are judged to be awarded the best samba school, which is the group for each community. Participants work on their costumes and practice dance routines all year, in preparation for their Carnaval moment.
Brazil isn’t the friendliest place for gay and trans people these days. After the election of extremist President Bolsinaro, his low-key fascist agendas inspired a wave of anti-gay and anti-trans violence in the country. But the beautiful spirit of Brazil’s people continues to thrive, and for 2020 Rio de Janeiro has thrown yet another of their legendary carnavals, with dancing in the streets of the parade and parties all around the city.
In celebration of Carnaval season, which North America knows as Mardi Gras, here are some photos of gorgeous people on the beaches and at Carnaval parties of Rio de Janiero. Love wins! Love always wins.