• Short Summary

    Festival fever is spreading throughout Brazil as people prepare for the world-famous carnival of Rio, which gets under way next week on February 24th.

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    Festival fever is spreading throughout Brazil as people prepare for the world-famous carnival of Rio, which gets under way next week on February 24th.

    SYNOPSIS: Down on Copacabana Beach, the traditional samba dancers and musicians set the mood for the once-a-year carnival, which has been celebrated in the city for the past 300 years.

    Pre-carnival revelries run for several weeks, and even a recent month of heavy rainfall has failed in dampen the festive spirits. But now, Rio's famous sunshine is back and the Cariocas - as the local people are called - are working up steam for the carnival.

    The celebrations last for days, and are highlighted by a spectacular, free-for-all parade through Rio's main street. The whole city turns out with participants, decked in elaborate costumes, dancing along to the frenzied beat of traditional samba music. For the locals, it's their "letting loose" week, before the Brazilian calendar moves onto the solemn religious period of Lent.

    When it comes down to having fun, age is no barrier. The carnival of Rio de Janiero is for everybody - the young and old alike.

    But while the tourists may look on in amusement, the samba dancers have serious business on their minds. This warm-up revelry is their chance to perfect routines which could win them rich prizes in competitions run by the local Rio Tourist Board.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7HX0NKG0VS1PQNVZOPIKQGQEU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7HX0NKG0VS1PQNVZOPIKQGQEU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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