A taste of London in Rio's carnival
21 February 2012 Last updated at 21:53 GMT
One of Rio de Janeiro's elite samba schools, União da Ilha, dedicated this year's performance to London.
The link was brought about by the fact that both cities are hosting the next Olympic games - London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.
Dancing knights and a scantily-clad version of Buckingham Palace's guards were on display in Rio's sambadrome.
Eric Camara reports.