Spectacular Carnivals from Around the World

Rio

by Shannon Harto Thursday 29 August 2013

Rio
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The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is famous around the world. With more than two million people per day in the streets, it is considered by many as the biggest carnival in the world. Held before Ash Wednesday every year, the carnival is like a citywide party taking place in the streets, squares, bars, clubs, and other venues. Street parades, blocos, and bandas (street bands and groups) are common and take place throughout the city.

The Rio Carnival revolves around dance and music. The most famous dance is samba, a Brazilian dance with African influences. The pinnacle of the celebration is a samba competition.  The different schools build and design floats, costumes, lyrics, and aesthetics to represent their theme. They include their best music and choreographic dances.

In the streets, this elegance and extravagance are left behind, but dance and music remain. Anyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals and can jump right in and enjoy the fun!

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