Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: It's Carnival time in Brazil, and NPR's Philip Reeves says there's more to it than the annual parades and costumes. Phil says if you want to really understand what it's about, you have to hit the streets. PHILIP REEVES, BYLINE: Brazilians say Carnival is about dropping your inhibitions and letting your emotions out. They have a phrase for this - soltar a franga, to release the inner chicken. You know this chicken. It's the chicken inside you that makes you moonwalk at a wedding party when you don't know how - that chicken. (SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC) UNIDENTIFIED SINGER: (Singing in Portuguese). REEVES: Chickens are certainly coming out here. We're in Rio in a bohemian neighborhood called Lapa....
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Carnival Is Underway In Brazil, So It's Time To 'Let The Chicken Out'