INTRODUCTION: Governments topple; floods, fire, famine, and disaster strike. The world and its people have?
GV Carnival through streets past vast crowded stands
TV & CU Women in white parading in parasols (2 shots)
Silver outfitted samba group (4 shots)
SV Harlequin dancers with balloons
Spectator dances as bull passes followed by Hottentot
SV White steam engine float past
SV Dancers in white feathers
CU Single dancer
CU & LV Inca dancers in red and white head dresses (2 shots)
SV & CU Spectators watch as girls dance past
CU Illuminations (4 shots)
GV, CU & TV Samba group in green following monster (3 shots)
CU Dancers in blue and white passing with band (2 shots)
CU Float depicting King Dom Joao VI (2 shots)
CU & TV Elderly woman spectator as girl dances (2 shots)
SV & TV PAN Enthusiastic spectators watch all white group pass (2 shots)
TV INT Prior judging of individual costume contest
CU ZOOM OUT Judges
CU Paulo Varelli depicting Resurrection of Old Carnivals, winner of male originality prize
SV & CU Yvette Garrido depicting Noble Art of Philately -- winner of female originality contest (2 shots)
CU Another male contestant
CU Winner of female luxury prize Margaroni Vidal depicting the Condor of the Andes
SV & CU Judges applaud as Jesus Henrique parades depicting Aton the Sun of Egypt -- winner of male luxury prize (4 shots)
The four days of Carnival ended on Tuesday night (22 February). The revellers danced into the dawn and blearily dragged themselves to work. A high incidence of absenteeism was reported. The toll after four days of total abandon? About average for a long weekend in Rio -- 161 dead in road accidents, assaults, knife fights and natural causes.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Governments topple; floods, fire, famine, and disaster strike. The world and its people have all sorts of problems, but in Brazil, nothing stops its annual Carnival.
SYNOPSIS: It's been a feature of life in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro for more than three hundred years. Originally it marked the restoration of Portugal's monarchy but today, after much transformation, it marks the yearly eruption of the people's joyous nature before the onset of the abstemious and austere period of Lent in this deeply religious Roman Catholic land.
The celebrations last for days and the major part is the parades through the Avenida Presidente Vargas of the various groups, each with their different theme. There are many groups, the main ones are called "Samba schools".
Individuality and originality are highly regarded in the efforts of the groups whose preparations have taken most of the year. Everyone regards the time and money spent as well worth it -- participants and spectators alike. The Cariocas--as Rio residents are called--go crazy. This parade is the more formal side of the Carnival.
The carnival has gone through many changes since its inception. Much formality surrounds the judging of the costumes and what the various groups seek to portray. Feeling runs high and those who win are feted and revel in their acclaim for much of the ensuing year. Rules come and go but the extraordinary lavishness continues. There is now a special event for the most magnificent costumes.
The main costume competition took place this year, appropriately enough, in the Museum of Modern Art. Paulo Varelli as the Resurrection of the Old Carnivals, won the Male Originality Prize. The Women's section was won by Yvette Garrido portraying "the Noble Art of Philately". Perhaps one of the most stunning of the costumes was Margaroni Vidal's "Condor of The Andes". But for glitter and title, "Aton the Sun of Egypt" worn by Jesus Henriques, has to be a winner.