Rio de Janeiro’s samba groups warm up for their annual Carnival parades. Angela Moore reports.
Samba groups fine tune Carnival performances
Dancing to the beat of the samba, dancers and musicians practiced their moves ahead of the world famous Carnival parades.
The parades draw hundreds of thousands of people to Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome each year.
Dazzling spectators with their colorful costumes and energetic dance moves, the parades are more than just entertainment.
They are also fierce competition – as samba schools mostly from Rio’s poor neighborhoods compete for coveted bragging rights.
While the dancers warm up for Carnival, Rio is also gearing up to host another big event this year.
SOUNDBITE: Wilson Dias Neto, 2016 Representative of Carnival’s King Momo, saying (Portuguese):
“This year we will host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and this huge event, which is extremely important. With the spontaneity, happiness and receptivity of the Cariocas (Rio residents), we will leave a mark in the hearts of each and everyone who will be here, including all the revelers, with all this feeling of happiness.”
Rio’s Carnival celebrations run during the five days leading up to Lent.