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Moses riding a giant eagle. Rats running out of a bank vault. And those were just the floats. It’s Carnival in Brazil, and for Rio de Janeiro’s huge Samba Parade, the city’s 12 main samba schools pulled out all the stops on Monday — including having a man parachute into the Sambadrome mid-parade.

Add to that thousands of dancers and drummers dressed in elaborate costumes that sparkle and glow, all cheered on by tens of thousands of spectators, plus a national TV audience — and you have an incredibly watchable spectacle.

It’s even more amazing to be able to participate.

Except if your pants fall down in mid-samba.

Which mine did.

More about that in a minute.

I joined Vila Isabel Samba School this year. It’s one of the most venerable schools in Rio. Every year, 12 top-tier samba schools compete for two days during Carnival to be crowned the winner. It’s a huge deal. Vila Isabel won in 2013, but in the past two years, it finished at the bottom after underwhelming parades. So a lot was riding on Monday’s performance.

In Rio, The Samba Parade Goes On Despite A Wardrobe Malfunction

Video and photo: André Vieira for NPR

¡El Cabo de Santo Agostinho reúne escenarios impresionantes! El verde y el azul son colores que predominan en las playas. Mientras usted se relaja sobre la arena, está rodeado por la Selva Atlántica y delante de ti podrás contemplar el mar cristalino de Pernambuco. 

Cabo de Santo Agostinho gathers breathtaking landscapes! Green and blue are the prevalent colors at the beaches. While you relax on the sand, you are surrounded by the Atlantic rainforest, and gaze out at the crystal-clear sea of Pernambuco in front of you. (by @tarciso5)