Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

#TECH 24

Anonymous Vs ISIS

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola virus: US to send 3,000 troops to West Africa

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria attack: Bomb blast in college in Kano

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: Lockdown brings Sierra Leone capital to a halt

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy's political comeback: did he ever leave?

Read more

DEBATE

The World This Week

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Travel chaos: Air France pilots take industrial action

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Christian Kastrop, Director of Policy Studies, OECD

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: UN Security Council unanimously passes resolution

Read more

Americas

In pictures: Rio celebrates Mardi Gras

© AFP

Video by Mariam SAAB

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-04

Brazil's Carnival of samba, in which Rio de Janeiro's top dance schools compete in huge parades, will continue overnight on Tuesday, finishing just in time for Lent to begin on Wednesday.

"Samba is the root that binds Brazilian culture,'' said Nanny Kammura, a 35-year-old kindergarten teacher and mother who transforms into a 'passista'' samba dance specialist for the Mocidade school when the big party rolls around each year.

"We're here honoring that culture, our roots. It's ours, it's Brazilian,'' she said, just before her school began its parade, during which she wore an enormous green feather headdress and minuscule sequined silvertop and bikini bottom. "Yes, it's a party. But it's also us honouring our history and ensuring that samba will never die.''

Zelma Freitas, a 48-year-old office secretary, sat in the front row of the cheap seats section at the Sambadrome, the 700-metre-long (nearly half mile) avenue lined with grandstands.

"It's pure joy, mostly for those of us from humble backgrounds, who take pride in and root for our favorite (samba) schools,'' she said as the municipal band struck up Rio's beloved anthem song, 'Cidade Maravilhosa,' or Marvelous City, to open the parade.

"Perhaps it's inexplicable to outsiders, but this means so much to the poor, who for the rest of the year have to face our daily reality. Today, I leave that behind and embrace this fantasy.''

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

Date created : 2014-03-04

  • BRAZIL WORLD CUP

    Video: Striking police in Brazil warn of World Cup danger

    Read more

  • Brazil

    Brazil buys Saab fighter, shooting down French hopes

    Read more

  • BRAZIL

    French police train Brazil for Olympic crowd control

    Read more

COMMENT(S)