February 18 - A mask factory gears up for Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebrations which start in less than two weeks. Tara Cleary reports.
An enduring favorite … and a revered leader. John Lennon and Nelson Mandela are two of the most popular mask characters for the 2014 Rio de Janeiro carnival. And Olga Valles, owner of this mask factory says besides the world famous, there is also demand for Brazilian politicians. Factory artists try to obtain the best possible likeness to the character in question when creating the mask molds. Valles and her 25 employees will churn out more than 300,000 masks and costumes ahead of the celebrations which start on February 28th.