The samba school technical rehearsals in the sambadrome are continuing. Every saturday and sunday two samba schools parade. And in the wait between the samba schools, this year the Rio Town Hall has come up with a new idea, which is an unexpected hit.
They have produced a group - o bloco de comlurb, which passes down the avenida on top of a sound truck, with their own specially written samba. Comlurb is the Rio organisation responsible for keeping the streets clean. In 2010 they had to clean 760 tonnes of rubbish off the streets during carnival. So this year they have taken the propaganda war against litter directly to the Rio Sambistas. Their samba is all about not littering the streets. And its very catchy.
The lyrics are very direct - "The droppings of your dog, cannot stay on the ground, put your rubbish in the rubbish bin", etc. Sounds much better in Portuguese - ' e o coco de seu cachorro'. I cant explain here why this is so catchy and funny, you have to hear it, but it's caused a huge amount of comment. Maybe it will make a difference. I wish I could find the words written down somewhere.
You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1T8JwC3pGM