The carnival is going on in Brazil, so it’s time for the chicken to come out.
The brazilians say that carnival is about giving up your inhibitions and letting your emotions go away. A large family prepares to exercise once a year as a relief valve for life pressure.
Host MARY LOUISE KELLY:
It’s carnival time in Brazil, and NPR’s Philip reeves says there’s more than annual parades and costumes. ‘if you want to really understand what it means, you have to take to the streets,’ Mr. Phil said.
Wired: the brazilians say carnival is about giving up your inhibitions and letting your emotions go away, he says. They have a phrase – dissolve a franga and release the inner chicken. You know the chicken. This is your inner chicken, and when you don’t know how the chicken is, you’re going to have a moonwalk at your wedding.
Unidentified single :(singing in Portuguese)
Hint: the chicken will definitely be here. We are in the Bohemian area of Rio DE janeiro called rapa. It was one of hundreds of street parties that were held during the carnival season, or brno. There were Kings and clergymen, pirates and nymphs, and dancing rabbits and emperors had little clothing. Cold beer cans were sold every few yards to help lure the chickens.
Fact: brazilians tend to view the carnival as a time to mark the end of the year and the beginning of another year. It was tough last year because of a stubborn recession, massive corruption scandals and a surge in violent crime. For many, however, carnival is more about the tensions that arise from personal wars in everyday life. We went to Piedade north of Rio DE janeiro. Its low-lying houses and worn streets have a weary place. The residents here are getting ready for their party. For the past 27 years, they have held a place on this street. Milena rodriguez first came first in her baby, never missing one.
MILENA RODRIGUES :(speaks Portuguese).
Hint: “I want my chicken inside,” rodriguez said. “I will move my hips and samba, which is a happy moment for everyone.” The past year has not been easy for her. There was a joy – she had her second child – but also worried. She says her husband, a taxi driver, has seen his income plummet as a result of the Uber competition. They can’t afford to buy a house here, so they live less than an hour from the town.
Rodriguez :(speaking Portuguese).
Tip: rodriguez says she misses her family very much. In pidade, she has uncles, aunts and Cousins. They all went to the party. The party was later called the bloco of uncle Marco after one of its founders, Marco Nepomuceno. He is 63 years old and walks with a cane a few years ago because of a stroke. That didn’t stop him from leading street parties. It started for the children. Now everybody joins in. They seem to know bloco songs like the back of their hand.
Unidentified singer :(singing in Portuguese)
Fact: I asked uncle mark if he could release his chicken at the party.
MARCO NEPOMUCENO :(Portuguese).
Hint: “if that’s what you want,” he says.
Fact: fireworks say street parties are about to begin. The band has warmed up.
(guitar music music)
Fact: a group of people gathered around a thousand people on holiday, hats and tutu, ready to release a year of tension.
Fact: uncle Marco eventually waved his cane in the air, led the party down the street, and then a car full of cold beer lures the hearts of the chickens. Philip Reeves, NPR news, Rio DE janeiro.
Unknown person :(Portuguese).
(the dirty brass band “black bird special”)