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Brazil Carnival



The Brazil Carnival has been around for many years. The annual tradition dates back to the 1650s. The purpose of the carnival during that time was to give honor to the Greek wine gods. Elaborate feasts were organized by the Romans, who used to worship Bacchu. He is the god of the grape harvest.




Brazil Carnival



Prices in Rio and other cities tend to skyrocket during carnival. Everything from a sandwich to an Uber ride will cost you twice or even up to four times the usual price. Just budget more than what you would on a regular trip.


Many guests enjoy combining a Brazilian Amazon cruise with their carnival trip. There are many different types of boats and itineraries to choose from. Whichever city you visit, or however you participate, you can be guaranteed that a trip to any Carnival in Brazil will be unlike any other experience!


The Sambadrome itself, which was designed by Niemeyer, is a concrete structure through which the floats pass through with spectators on either side. The processions happen each night of the official carnival days.


Both cities have a world-class Carnival and are known for having perhaps a little less emphasis on the massive samba schools and more on the street carnival aspect. Both feature endless live music and are a little more friendly and warm than both Rio and São Paulo.


Carnival is celebrated in many different parts of Brazil; that is to say that there is no singular Carnival festival occurring at once. Parades of costume, dance, and music occur in all regions, but each region does carnival a bit differently. For instance, the southeastern cities of Brazil feature parades led by samba schools, which are essentially large marching and dancing clubs. In the northeastern region of the country, the music choice differs from that of the larger southern cities and parades are more interactive with the public. Wherever Carnival is celebrated, though, participants are sure to have a great time in the traditional Brazilian custom.


Another popular genre of music found during Carnival week is Marchinha. Sometimes, this genre is also called "marchinha de carnaval" (little march of carnival) because it is rarely heard outside of Carnival week. It is most often played in the southeastern region of Brazil, especially in the larger cities such as Rio. The music style is derived from militaristic anthems, featuring large sections of brass instruments and percussion. The genre originated around 1900.


Beija-Flor, the eventual carnival champions, included in its exhibition depictions of gang violence in marginalized neighborhoods and a giant rat meant to symbolize corrupt politicians. At the same time, the president of the organization is currently contesting a 48-year conviction for racketeering and corruption. The president of another major samba school is also being investigated for money laundering.


It is important that companies are prepared, as Carnival starts making an impact the week before the holiday. During that time there is an increase in fuel sales, since many Brazilians travel to other cities and states to visit family members or spend the time with friends. Airports, ports, roads, tolls and hotels are also impacted. Many cities are affected, including cities known for typical street carnivals, such as Olinda (Pernambuco), Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais) and Rio de Janeiro.


6- One of the greatest things about Carnival is that those taking part in the Samba Parade are often from the local communities such as the favelas (slums). They practice and make their costumes and floats all year. Each area has their own samba school and they compete against their local rivals in the carnival.


Every neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro has its favorite street carnival block. There are more than 300 of them in Rio today, and every year that number increases. Each block has its place or street for its parade and the larger blocks usually close the streets to traffic. They usually start their parades in January and these parades last until the end of Carnival. Since the beginning of the year, groups of people dancing samba in the streets of Rio on weekends and during Carnival have been a common sight.


The Carnival of today, an exceptional display of Brazilian spirit and culture, contains influences from past ceremonies and rituals conducted by the African, European and indigenous natives of Brazil. During the weeks of Lent, Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term "carnival," from carnelevare, "to remove (literally, "raise") meat." Carnival celebrations are also believed to have roots in the pagan festival of Saturnalia, which, adapted to Christianity, became a farewell to bad things as well as a purification of the body in preparation for the death of Christ.


And even though a pre-lent carnival is a common festival throughout the world in countries with a large Roman Catholic population, it is Brazil where Carnival becomes the so-called 'Greatest Show on Earth'.


During the 40 days before Easter, Roman Catholics are supposed to abstain from all bodily pleasures, including the consumption of meat. This is intended to remember the fasting of Jesus, who spent 40 days in the desert before beginning his ministry. Indeed, it is proposed by some that the word carnival is derived from the Latin 'Carne Vale' which means a farewell to meat signifying the coming period without meat.


Despite its original religious beginnings, the carnival can hardly be described as a solemn affair, and it shares its excessive nature with similar European celebrations and Mardi Gras, where the festivals are an opportunity for final indulgence before lent itself.


Tourists visiting Rio for the carnival can actually take part. They pay upwards from $500 to buy a Samba costume and dance in the parade through the Sambadrome with one of the schools. The money from the fee is used to buy the tourist's costume and also to buy costumes for people who do not have the money to afford their own costumes.


Every year the location of all the block parties changes. In the below link, you can find the 2023 full list of Pre-Carnival, Carnival, and Post-Carnival block parties! Yes, you read correctly, the parties start well before the week of carnival (as early as December) and go on for weeks after! 041b061a72


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