Shootings, soccer stars and sequins: The agony and the ecstasy inside Rio Carnival's samba schools

Rio de Janeiro carnival is billed as the world’s biggest party. But the annual event is much more than just spectacle.

Blood, sweat and tears go into the floats that entertain tourists and locals in the stands of the famous Sambadrome. With one end goal in mind: victory.

In Brazil the judges’ decision is known as ‘the count’ – the scores from the parade competition which lead to the year’s winner being announced.

But it’s been a long and winding road for the count to get to where it is today.

Millions in Rio tune in to find out the winner

The hopes of entire ‘favela‘ communities ride on the outcome. Yesterday

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