THE GREAT BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL IN PHOTOS
Brazil carnival girls.
Carnival activities around
Brazil normally take place from the Friday prior to Ash
Wednesday and continue up to and including Ash Wednesday
itself. In some cities the celebrations will spill over
through the entire week and include the following
weekend. Most Brazilian offices and business will close
for the week of Carnival in much the same way companies
in many parts of the world close between Christmas and
the New Year.
SAMBODROMO IN RIO
This towering 3-legged structure exemplifies the genius of Niemeyer. It suggests, in a remarkably simple, stately way, the grace of feminine hips dancing the samba.
Carnival in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro parade. From Sao Paulo guide
Carnival in Brazil : Brazilian samba
Its wonderful to listen to the samba-enredo being sung without percussion, because when the percussion comes in, its like a dam bursting. Theres nothing like that initial explosive entrance of the full percussion sectionover 300 percussionists executing their parts with absolute precision.
Other Brazil carnivals
But carnival is not just about Rio de Janeiro. It is celebrated throughout the country. Other major carnival celebrations are held in Salvador, Recife and Olinda. Carnival in Brazil
Carnival dates 2006-2010.
The dates for the Sunday and Monday night parades through 2010 will be:
2006 27 & 28 February
2007 18 & 19 February
2008 3 & 4 February
2009 22 & 23 February
2010 14 & 15 February