Brazil --- land of football and carnivals. Currently, Rio de Janeiro is preparing for what?
SV Girls at Salgueiro Samba School practising dance
CU Band playing
SV Women dancing and musicians continue (2 shots)
CU Dancers (4 shots)
SV Illuminated decorations (3 shots)
SV TILT UP Pile of timber in roadway, TILT TO street decorations
SV Street decorations
SV Materials TILT TO displays (3 shots)
SV Workmen erecting displays (3 shots)
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Background: Brazil --- land of football and carnivals. Currently, Rio de Janeiro is preparing for what Brazilians are calling "The Carnival of Carnivals", which begins on Saturday (February 20).
SYNOPSIS: Brazil -- land of football and carnivals. Currently, the populace of Rio de Janeiro, the capital, are preparing for what they call "The Carnival of Carnivals", which begins on Saturday (February 20). And in a land renown for its fast and lively style of dancing, the biggest event of the four day carnival will be a two-day dancing parade through the city streets.
But while Brazilians swarm into Rio in their hundreds of thousands for a frenzy of dancing and merry-making, the number of tourists is expected to be lower than at previous carnivals. For tourist agencies, who have made this prediction, say fear of guerrilla-style kidnappings will keep tourists away. They blame the adverse image abroad on last year's 18 political kidnappings.
Meanwhile, hundreds of workmen are busy erecting display for the event. Ten big dance schools are practising for the two-day parade; a grand spectacle of shows and dance hits from the Roaring Twenties will be one of the highlights; and doctors are busy prescribing vitamin pills to give energy to their patients.