The city is capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, which encompasses most of Brazil's major tourist attractions has been justly dubbed the "Marvellous City", mainly owing to its spectacular location, beaches, views and its world-famous carnival. The city throbs to the infectious beat of Brazilian music and is the main source of Brazil's national culture. The annual carnival, known simply as Carnaval, draws together the population of the city from the rich to the poor who take to the streets for the world's largest samba parade on the Sambodromo. Rio is also one of the most densely populated places on earth with extreme poverty in its favellas (slums). The majority of the 7 million inhabitants put aside their povery and thrive on dance, drink, beach, sport and sun.