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INSIDE: Rio Carnival

Airs Thursday, July 30 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: A samba dancer in a feathered costume at Samba City’s “Masked Ball.”

At the center of the world famous Rio Carnaval is the Samba Parade — a fierce competition of vast scale among 13 neighborhood samba schools. Watching them are a panel of expert judges, more than 60,000 spectators and a TV audience of nearly half a billion. The unexpected is always expected during one of the largest parties on earth, and INSIDE is right there to find out how Rio survives and Carnaval continues to thrive.