By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the wailing economy and the devaluation of the Brazilian real in relation to the U.S. dollar, Rio de Janeiro samba schools had to scramble and use their creativity to work the same magic with less money. Companies and government funds for this year’s spectacle were reduced as costs with material to produce the floats and costumes soared.

“All (samba) schools are adapting. Some of the products which were imported from China were not available in the market due to the hike of the (U.S.) dollar, but . . .

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