You like you some Antonio Carols Jobim, samba, and feather-accented and hyper-colored revealing attire worn by Afro-Brazilian beach bodies, but can’t swing a plane ticket down to Salvador to catch a Carnival from one of the oldest cities in the America in person. Don’t worry. YouTube is streaming the main events from the annual festival live and online, so you’re sure to have an even better view than if you were on the Elevaldor Lacereda.

From February 16th through the 21st, YouTube will bring “the sights, sounds, and energy of Brazilian Carnival directly from the streets of Salvador” to your computer screen. That includes, a live transmission of all the sama schools’ performances, musical acts, and general partying and revelry from the scene, along with celebrity “interviews running live throughout the week on the AoVivo (Live) Google+ Page and transmitted simultaneously on YouTube and Orkut” (and you thought all that “Orkut is HUGE in Brazil” talk was just something people liked to say).

The festivities officially begin on February 16th at 5PM EST. I’m sure those that tune in – like those that watch the girl from Ipanema walk by - will go “ooohhh” and “ahhhhh.”