Dreams of Rio animate Ivory Coast's Popo Carnival

STORY: Wearing a gold crown and a long-patterned robe, the king of Ivory Coast's Aboure people takes part in a parade at the Popo Carnival, a cultural festival held every year which organizers say attracts more than a million people over two weeks.

The event already draws some visitors from Europe and the United States, and some locals hope it could get even bigger.

"It's our dream that one day our children and our grandchildren could transform this carnival into the carnival of Rio de Janeiro," said Joseph Yao Ambo, one of the festival commissioners.

The carnival includes a football match, a beauty contest and theatrical performances, all culminating in a grand parade.

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