Brazilian neighborhood bursts with colors for World Cup

STORY: Painting streets and hanging flags ahead of the tournament have already become a tradition in the five-time world champions nation.

Locals, children, and teenagers in the Vila Isabel neighborhood, helped decorate their streets on Saturday (November 19) with yellow and green garlands and paintings on asphalt.

“We want to bring a little bit of joy, give color to the street, and celebrate," said entrepreneur Celso Mendes.

"I don't know how to explain what I feel. I am happy to be painting the street and decorating it for the World Cup," said Isabela Jorge, a student.

Meters away, a wall featured a cartoon figure of Brazilian soccer legend Pele and forward Vinicius dancing.

Brazil kick off their World Cup campaign on Thursday (November 24) against Serbia before facing their other Group G opponents, Switzerland and Cameroon.