Watch: Rio Carnival's colourful parade makes a welcome return to Brazil

As such a symbol of Brazilian spirit, ‘carnaval’ was sorely missed in a country that has been especially hard hit by the pandemic.

So locals and visitors alike couldn’t wait to welcome the floats, many of which will have been months in the making.

Carnival makes an emotional return

“There’s a lot of history. It was very emotional not to parade and now seeing everybody alive, healthy. It’s very emotional to parade again,” says Kecelly Hani, a 31-year-old drummer who has been performing at carnival with her samba group since she was 10 years old.

Kecelly was part of one of 12 samba groups that took part in the ‘special group’ parade inside

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