Brazilians in Chicago celebrate Rio's win

October 2, 2009 (CHICAGO) And that's reason to party on Rio's Copacabana Beach. People there have been celebrating since they got the news.

The dance party was underway Friday night at Sushi Samba Rio. Most at the restaurant were rooting for Chicago to win the 2016 Games but, as a Brazilian themed restaurant, they still have plenty to celebrate with the Games going to Rio.

"We've got our Brazilian clientele that we've had for the last six years, they're having a ball. You can tell them from Chicago peole who got their face down in their mojitos," said Anthony Potenzo, Sushi Samba Rio.

Fernanda Kuzuhara was also rooting for Chicago to win the Games but she and her family moved to Chicago from Sao Paulo a year and a half ago. Most of her family still lives close to Rio and she is already planning to go back for a visit during the 2016 Games there.

"I think the campaign of Brazil was very strong and the population was...waiting for this," said Kuzuhara.

Kuzuhara has watched some of the celebrations on Copacabana Beach after the announcement that Rio was the winner.

In Lincoln Park on Friday morning, a group of Brazilian women gathered for their own party to watch the announcement. It also turned into a celebration.

"My heart is beating so fast, I cannot even talk. I'm so excited for Brazil, and for our people, and for South America," said Patricia Jones, Rio native.

And among the throng of disappointed Chicagoans in Daley Plaza on Friday morning was a small contingent of Brazilians who could hardly contain their excitement.

"I'm so happy, Brazil...South America needs it," said Brazlian Marisa Woehlert.

Once the celebration dies down however, the hard work begins. As Chicagoans would have discovered, Brazilians will now experience. The clock is ticking as they have to get the city ready to host the Games.

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