Jan. 22 - With Carnival only a few weeks away, Rio de Janeiro's samba schools rehearse at the Sambodrome under intense rain. Elly Park reports.
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For housewife Vania Ferreira, a little downpour didn't stop her from coming to the Sambadrome.
SOUNDBITE: Housewife, Vania Ferreira, saying (Portuguese)
"I'm here every year, watching all the schools parading. The rain won't be a problem."
The world famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival is just three weeks away and thousands came out to watch some of Rio's biggest samba schools rehearse.
Rehearsals like these are free. So for many it's the closest to the real thing they can see as ticket prices for the official parade are sky high and unaffordable.
Hundreds of Baianas, women dressed in pristine white, carried brooms to symbolically purge the Sambadrome of bad spirits.
Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of the city, was also present to give his blessing.
So that on February 8th when the official celebration starts, everything will be perfect, come rain or shine.