Carnival street party celebrates Rio´s 450th anniversary

A lively carnival street party in Copacabana celebrates 450 years of Rio de Janeiro as well as the French-Brazilian relationship.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (FEBRUARY 14, 2015) (REUTERS) – The eighth year of the Ulala Balance street party in Brazil´s carnival capital Rio de Janeiro, brought together some 700 revellers on Saturday (February 14), to celebrate the city´s 450th anniversary.

The party paraded along one of the city´s most iconic spots beginning at the Copacabana Fort at 2 PM (1600 GMT) and processing down the sun-lit beachfront for some four hours.

The street party traditional unites the local French community and has long gained fame in French media outlets.

This year, beyond the joys of Rio de Janeiro, the party’s samba theme song celebrated 130 years of the French Alliance in Brazil.

The party also attracted members of the French-Brazilian commerce chamber, the Liceu Moliere school, the embassy and other local French organizations.

In the open spirit of carnival, however, party-goers from all over the world joined in the dancing and the drinking.

Henry from Argentina took a huge baby´s bottle of the typical Argentine liquor fernet to share around.

“Argentine fernet, from Henry to the world,” Henry shouted patriotically.

Others were blown away by the atmosphere as the party bus, a marching band, and excited crowds in fancy dress danced beside the sea in the 32 C (90 F) sun.

“It´s amazing,” said Sarah.

Carnival officially kicked off on Friday (February 13) and runs until Tuesday (February 17).