One of the most valued games in carnival in Recife is La Ursa; the carnival bear originating
from the European gypsies who would go about the city with a bear on a chain that would
dance from door to door in exchange for a few coins, to the command of: “dança la ursa!”
The main figure is a bear, usually a man wearing old overalls covered in velvet or fur and a
painted papier-maché mask, chained at the waist to his tamer.
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