Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This year, as last year, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival kept itself in the headlines, as the rest of the country was kept in the background by everyone except the main stream media that, against all evidence to the contrary, want us to believe there is really Carnival in São Paulo.

This year’s meme theme, even more than last year, was Rio’s Mayor Crivella. On Sunday night, as the Samba Schools were about to parade down the Sambódromo, Hizzoner did a bunk to Europe, heading for Frankfurt, Vienna . . .

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