King Momo at Carnival Parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio’s Carnival officially begins with the crowing of King Momo. During the ceremony, he is presented with the key to the city. Rey Momo (in Portuguese) is always a large man with a jovial smile and a flamboyant style. You may hear the nickname the Fat King. He kicks off the samba parade. His troupe consists of a royal court and female dancers. The name comes from the Greek god Momus known for his sharp-tongued satire.

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