Rio comes to Prague for one day only
One could have been mistaken for thinking oneself to be anywhere other than Prague this weekend, as the streets came alive with Latin music and Brazilian flags. This was however neither an attempted takeover from across the Atlantic nor a confused expression of misplaced cultural identity. It was the city's annual carnival. Beginning on a Prague square, winding its way through the streets of Smichov to Prague's artificial beach where the party continued, the festival was an attempt to turn the potentially depressing end of the holiday season into a cause for celebration; and it certainly seemed to have the right effect.
But why hold a festival with a Brazilian theme in the centre of Europe? Vendula Cihakova is one of the organisers of the annual event:
The parade seemed to go off without a hitch, almost as if it were spontaneous. It was however the result of much cooperation and planning. Vendula Cihakova again:
"There are many, many dancing groups, it's really great here, we have Samba Online, Salsa Online, and we have many people who are cooperating on this parade."