Rio de Janeiro Preps for Carnival

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It's almost Carnival time in Brazil and preparations are under way at Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome avenue.

The 70,000-seat Marques de Sapucai venue will soon host the city's top samba schools in a lavish parade.

Tourists like Australian Diann Dwey are exploring the Sambadrome scene in anticipation of the Carnival.

[Diann Dwey, Tourist from Australia]:
"I think every year outdoes the previous year. So, this year should be absolutely fabulous and all of the people here are looking forward to it (Carnival) so much. And it (Carnival) means so much to people, not just here, but around the world. We love to watch it."

It's not just the venue that has to be ready. Participants have to look flawless.

At the Vila Isabel samba school, yards of golden fabric with sequins are being cut and stapled to huge wooden structures.

This year the school is paying tribute to famous Brazilian samba writer, the late Noel Rosa, who would have been 100 years old.

[Alex de Souza, Creative Director, Vila Isabel Samba school]:
"We had to put him back on the scene so that people could be reminded how many times it was necessary, of his importance for Brazil's popular music and especially for samba."

The pre-Lenten festivities at the most popular Carnival in the world kick off on February 12.

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