Rio's evangelical mayor skips wild carnival start

Rio's evangelical mayor skips wild carnival startThe decision by Rio de Janeiro’s deeply religious new mayor to skip the traditional opening of the world’s most famous carnival overshadowed the party on its opening night. Carnival organizers resplendent in white samba dancing outfits, stilt walkers and the Rio municipal brass band stood waiting for two and a half hours in the Sambodromo stadium where the mayor was meant to give the carnival king, known as Rei Momo, the ceremonial key to the city. Crivella — a bishop in the evangelical Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, founded by his billionaire uncle — never came.

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