Brazil - Rio

Brazilian Carnival-


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Carnival season begins after Reveillon, Brazil’s New Year’s celebration, and in Rio de Janeiro, kicks into high gear late in January on “Dia de São Sebastião,” the day of Saint Sebastion, patron saint of Rio de Janeiro. Every year, before Christmas, the top groups belonging to the Grupo Especial (Special Group) record their sambas de enredo (theme songs) for the year at an outdoor theater in the south of Rio de Janeiro. These recordings, which are sold as CD’s and cassette tapes, are heard everywhere, blaring from speaker systems outside of record stores, and even ambient music systems in shopping malls and grocery stores.

Carnival proper begins on the Friday afternoon before Lent. During this time, there are parades - some planned, some spontaneous - in every part of Rio de Janeiro. It seems that anywhere there is a small plaza, a stage is set up, and bands and DJ’s play music until the wee hours. When one feels that he has exhausted the possibilities of one of these street parties, he only has to move on to the next one, following the noise and crowds moving down the street. This scene is repeated in every city, town and village in Brazil.

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If Paris is the capitol of romance, then Rio must be the capitol of joy. For those who understand this, and are able to look beyond the decay to the natural splendor here, Rio is the most beautiful city in the world. This joy of life creates an energy that is palpable.

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