The World Festival » Brazil http://www.theworldfestival.net Discovery the world by Festival Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:51:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rio Carnival Image Gallery http://www.theworldfestival.net/rio-carnival-image-gallery.html http://www.theworldfestival.net/rio-carnival-image-gallery.html#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:48:11 +0000 http://www.theworldfestival.net/?p=462 Brazil Carnival Rio parade grande Rio Carnival Rio Brazil 2016 Rio Carnival Sabrina Sato, Queen of Percussion from the Vila Isabel samba school Rio Carnival Rio Carnival images Carnaval Rio de Janeiro 2014 Carnival riodeJaneiro sexys 18 Escola de samba Tuiuti carnaval Rio de Janeiro 2014 Escola de samba Tuiuti carnaval Rio de Janeiro 2014 Escola de samba Tuiuti carnaval Rio de Janeiro 2014 Escola de samba Tuiuti carnaval Rio de Janeiro 2014  blue ray grande familia Rio Carnival Rio Carnival Rocinha Salgueiro Adurao Samba school vila isabel performs diaporama Escola de samba Tuiuti carnaval Rio de Janeiro 2014 Porto Alegre RS Valesca popozuda perde Rio Carnival Image Gallery Rio Carnival Image Gallery Images from Rio De Janeiro's crazy Carnival Rio Carnival Image Gallery Rio Carnival Image Gallery Rio Carnival Image Gallery Rio Carnival Image Gallery Rio Carnival boot 2015 REUTERS Sergio Moraes Rio carnival Performers from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school Extraterrestrial toucan birds, neon green spacemen waving Brazilian flags and legions of scantily clad women and men dancing a furious samba opened the final round of Rio de Janeiro's extravagant Carnival parades that ran until dawn at the Sambadrome. Revellers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school Rio Carnival 2015 A reveller from the Uniao da Ilha samba school by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images Rio carnival 2015 lego by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images Rio carnival 2015 road by AP Photo Nelson Antoine Rio carnival 2015 wide by TASSO MARCELO LEAL AFP Getty Images Rio Carnival baby 2015 rio-carnival--ball_2841235k Rio-carnival-balle 2015 rio-carnival-clown_2841187k Rio Carnival deep Rio Carnival face Rio Carnival fish Rio Carnival lego Rio Carnival leopard Rio Carnival pinoc Revellers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school Rio Carnival robots Members of the Vila Isabel samba school parade past the packed stands inside Rio's Sambadrome Rio Carnival super Rio Carnival wide Rio Carnival wonder Rio Carnival ball Rio Carnival clown Rio Carnival beautiful girl dancing Rio Carnival deep Rio Carnival beautiful face 2016 Rio Carnival pinoc Rio Carnival pitch Rio Carnival robot Rio Carnival 2016 Rio Carnival super ]]> http://www.theworldfestival.net/rio-carnival-image-gallery.html/feed 1 Rio Carnival http://www.theworldfestival.net/rio-carnival.html http://www.theworldfestival.net/rio-carnival.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:09:56 +0000 http://theworldfestival.net/?p=50 Why Do Rio Carnival Dates Change Every Year?
The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is a world famous festival that happens before Lent. The Brazilian Carnival has its origins in ancient Greece and Rome celebrations that later, were incorporated into the Catholic liturgical calendar. By the Catholic Calendar, Carnival is always celebrated seven Sundays before the Sunday of Easter.

Easter Sunday is immediately after the full moon that occurs between March 22 and April 26. This difference in dates happen because the calendar used to set the months and days of the year is based on the sun and the calendar that set the dates of Easter is based on the moon, so every year the dates will change and that affects the Rio Carnival dates.

Rio Carnival Dates through 2030
Rio Carnival Dates 2015: February 13th – 18th
Rio Carnival Dates 2016: February 5th – 10th
Rio Carnival Dates 2017: February 24th – March 1st
Rio Carnival Dates 2018: February 9th – 14th
Rio Carnival Dates 2019: March 1st – 6th
Rio Carnival Dates 2020: February 21st – 26th
Rio Carnival Dates 2021: February 12th – 17th
Rio Carnival Dates 2022: February 25th – March 2nd
Rio Carnival Dates 2023: February 17th – 22nd
Rio Carnival Dates 2024: February 9th – 14th
Rio Carnival Dates 2025: February 28th – March 5th
Rio Carnival Dates 2026: February 13th – 18th
Rio Carnival Dates 2027: February 5th – 10th
Rio Carnival Dates 2028: February 25th – March 1st
Rio Carnival Dates 2029: February 9th -14th
Rio Carnival Dates 2030: March 1st – 6th

The big festival in year
The Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 2005.

The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio (more than 200 approximately, divided into 5 leagues/ divisions). A samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbours that want to attend carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical common background. The Top League, called the “Special Group” of Samba schools in 2014 includes: GRES Unidos da Tijuca, Mocidade Independente, GRES Imperatriz Leopoldinense, GRES Uniao da Ilha do Governador, GRES Acadêmicos do Salgueiro, Portela, whose origin remounts to the single first samba group in Rio, GRES São Clemente, the traditional GRES Estação Primeira de Mangueira, founded by Cartola, samba composer and singer and Fluminense Football Club famous fan, GRES Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, located at Duque de Caxias city, GRES Unidos de Vila Isabel, Beija-Flor de Nilópolis, and finally GRES Império da Tijuca, which won the Access Division in 2013 Rio Carnival contest.

Rio Carnaval

One of the many main purposes of the Rio carnival parade is for samba schools to compete with their sisters samba-schools; this competition is the climax of the whole carnival festival in this city, related to the samba-schools environment. Each school chooses a theme to try to portray with their entry. The samba schools work to build the best floats, costumes, lyrics, aesthetics, to represent their themes (in Carnival terminology called “enredo”), and to include the best music they can from their drumming band called the bateria. There are many parts to each school’s entry including the six to eight floats and up to 4,000 ( four thousand ) revelers per Samba-school of the so-called Special group.

There is a special order that every school has to follow with their parade entries. Each school begins with the “comissão de frente” ( literally “Commission of the Front” in English), that is the “wing” or group of people from the school that appear first. Made up of ten to fifteen people, the “comissão de frente” introduces the school and sets the mood and style of their presentation. These people have choreographed dances in fancy costumes that usually tell a short story. Following the “comissão de frente” is the first float of the samba school, called “abre-alas” (“Opening Wing” in English ).

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Some of the important roles include the porta-bandeira and mestre-sala. The porta-bandeira is a very important lady who is in charge of the samba school flag, including making sure to not allow the flag to roll. She is accompanied by the mestre-sala, who is supposed to draw everyone’s attention to “his queen”, the porta-bandeira. Floatees, who are also important, are the people who populate the floats, also known as destaques. The floatees have the most luxurious and expensive costumes that can be extremely heavy. Along with all the floatees is one main floatee that is located at the top of each float. The main destaque dances and sings for the entire time that the float is on the runway.

One other aspect that is mandatory is the presence of the ala das baianas. This is a wing of the samba school entry that includes at least 100 females only and honours the ‘aunts’ of the dance. Also important are the glamorous passistas, solo female samba performers dancing between the wings and often stars in their own right (they need considerable stamina for their dancing displays).

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Street carnival
As the parade is taking place in the Sambodromo and the balls are being held in the Copacabana Palace and beach, many carnival participants are at other locations. Street festivals are very common during carnival and are highly populated by the locals. Elegance and extravagance are usually left behind, but music and dancing are still extremely common. Anyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals. Bandas and bondos are very familiar with the street carnival especially because it takes nothing to join in on the fun except to jump in. One of the most well known bandas of Rio is Banda de Ipanema. Banda de Ipanema was first created in 1965 and is known as Rio’s most irreverent street band.

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Incorporated into every aspect of the Rio carnival are dancing and music. The most famous dance is carnival samba, a Brazilian dance with African influences. The samba remains a popular dance not only in carnival but in the ghettos outside of the main cities. These villages keep alive the historical aspect of the dance without the influence of the western cultures. Other dances include the lundu, the polka, and the maxixe.

Music is another major aspect of all parts of carnival. As stated by Samba City, “Samba Carnival Instruments are an important part of Brazil and the Rio de Janeiro Carnevale, sending out the irresistible beats and rhythms making the crowd explode in a colourful dance revolution fantasy fest!” The samba that is found in Rio is batucada, referring to the dance and music being based on percussion instruments. It “is born of a rhythmic necessity that it allows you to sing, to dance, and to parade at the same time.” This is why the batucada style is found in most all of Rio’s street carnivals.

Street parades, blocos and bandas take place throughout the city of Rio during Carnival. There can be more than 300 bandas taking place at any given point in time. While the biggest street party takes place right outside the Sambadrome, the largest organized street dance is typically found on Cinelândia Square in Rio’s Centro. In 2012, more than 2 million revelers took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro to participate in the Cordão do Bola Preta bloco. According to police estimates, more than 5 million people attended a bloco during Rio Carnival 2012 and there was not one reported incident of crime. When the Sambadrome was built in 1984, it had the side-effect of taking street parades from the downtown area to a specific, ticketed performance area. Some samba schools have since been motivated by an agenda that focuses on regaining public space, and using the carnival tradition to occupy the streets with parades or blocos. Many of these represent a local community of the area but are open to all.

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Carnival Dates
The Carnival begins on Friday and ends on Ash Wednesday. But the Winner’s Parade happen on Saturday after the carnival end.
February 28 to March 4, 2014
February 13 to February 18, 2015
February 5 to February 10, 2016
February 24 to March 1, 2017
February 9 to February 14, 2018
March 1 to March 6, 2019
February 21 to February 26, 2020
February 12 to February 17, 2021

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Tickets
In 1984 the government decided to give Rio Carnival its new home in the Sambadrome. Today, some of the most infamous events of Rio Carnival are ticketed events. There are different types of Sambodromo tickets that are available for purchase. Grandstand tickets are general admissions tickets that are available on a first come-first serve basis and are not allocated ahead of time. Frisas are open air box seats located along the samba runway. Camarotes are luxury boxes situated between the frisas and the grandstands. Sector 9 is the tourist sector which are the same as grandstand tickets, with the difference being that they are allocated so people have assigned seats.

Carnival ticket prices can vary from US$ 55 to US$ 3000. Depending of the ticket type, sector and season. The cheapest sectors are 12 and 13. Tickets can be bought in advance through international brokers, or through local travel agents in Rio de Janeiro. ‘Purchase of a ticket’ normally means purchase of a voucher which is then exchangeable for the ticket close to the date. Ticket sales are organised by LIESA, who will often also make tickets available at late notice via a venue (often a bank) announced the day before. LIESA prices for grandstand tickets vary from Rs5 to Rs500 for the Tourist Sector (2014 prices).LIESA publish the base price of the tickets, and agents and brokers charge more (sometimes significantly more) but offer considerable convenience and other benefits.

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Rio Carnival Brazil 2014 Image Gallery part 2 http://www.theworldfestival.net/rio-carnival-brazil-2014-image-gallery-part-2.html http://www.theworldfestival.net/rio-carnival-brazil-2014-image-gallery-part-2.html#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:45:16 +0000 http://www.theworldfestival.net/?p=1076 Part 1

A reveller of the Mangueira samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters)

A performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)


A reveller of the Imperio da Tijuca samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters)


Revellers of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters)


A pregnant reveller of the Salgueiro samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)


Drum Queen Rayssa Oliveira of the Beija-Flor samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)image: http://www.theworldfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/79.jpg


A dancer of the Gavioes da Fiel samba school performs during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A dancer from the Beija-Flor samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)


Revelers of the Nene de Vila Matilde samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP Photo)


Revellers of the Sao Clemente samba school on the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters)


Revellers from the Gavioes da Fiel samba school take part in the Special Group category of the annual Carnival parade in Sao Paulo’s Sambadrome. (Photo by Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)


A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)image: http://www.theworldfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/1311.jpg


A reveler dressed as a character from the movie Avatar poses for a photo at the “Ceu na Terra” block party during Carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)image: http://www.theworldfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/146.jpg


Members of the “Beija-Flor” samba school perform during celebrations of the Carnival at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 03 March 2014. (Photo by Luiz Eduardo Perez/EPA)


Members of the “Beija-Flor” samba school perform during celebrations of the Carnival at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 03 March 2014. (Photo by Luiz Eduardo Perez/EPA)


Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


A performer from the Salgueiro samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


Performers from the Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Performers from the Salgueiro samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


A member of the “Estação Primeira de Mangueira” samba school entertains the vast crowd with her colourful and revealing costume during celebrations of the Carnival at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA)


Members of the of “Mangueira” samba school perform during celebrations of the Carnival at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Luiz Eduardo Perez/EPA)


Performers from the Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)


Performer from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)


Performer from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)


A float from Mangueira samba crashes into the media tower during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


A performer from the Mangueira samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)image: http://www.theworldfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/30.jpg


Performers from the Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Performers from the Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Performers from the Mangueira samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Members of the Samba school Sao Clemente perform during the first day of the parade in the sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Luiz Eduardo Perez/EPA)


Performers from the Sao Clemente samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)


Members of the Samba school Sao Clemente perform during the first day of the parade in the sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Luiz Eduardo Perez/EPA)


Members of the Samba school Sao Clemente perform during the first day of the parade in the sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Luiz Eduardo Perez/EPA)


Performers from the Sao Clemente samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


A performer from the Sao Clemente samba school parades through the Sambadrome for carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Members of the Samba school Grande Rio perform during the first day of the parade in the sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA)


Members of the Samba school Grande Rio perform during the first day of the parade in the sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA)


A performer from the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)


A performer from the Imperio da Tijuca samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


A performer from the Salgueiro samba school parades carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


Samba school Imperio da Tijuca performs during the first day of the parade on the sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA)image: http://www.theworldfestival.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/451.jpg


Samba school Imperio da Tijuca performs during the first day of the parade on the sambodromo in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA)


A reveller of the Beija-Flor samba school participates in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Sergio Moraes/Reuters)


The Samba school Imperio da Tijuca performs during the first day of the parade in the sambodromo during the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA)


The Samba school Imperio da Tijuca performs during the first day of the parade in the sambodromo during the carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 02 March 2014. (Photo by Marcelo Sayao/EPA)


Revellers of the Mangueira samba school participate in the annual Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, March 3, 2014. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)


Revelers of the Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 2, 2014. (Photo by Tasso Marcelo/AFP Photo)


A dancer from the Grande Rio samba school performs during the first night of Carnival, on March 2, 2014. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP Photo)


A dancer from the Grande Rio samba school performs during Carnival, at the Sambadrome, on March 2, 2014. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP Photo)


First Princess of the Carnival, Clara Cristina Paixao de Oliveira, performs at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 2, 2014. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP Photo)


A performer from the Imperio da Tijuca samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


Elaborately costumed members of a dance troupe from the Grande Rio samba school pictured as they take part in the Brazil Carnival. (Photo by Moisés Schini/Demotix)

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Women wearing body paint dance at the “Rua do Mercado” band Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, February 27. The women said they were topless to defend the right of women to be topless on Rio’s beaches, as they joined one of many parades before the official start of Carnival on February 28. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)


A dancer from the Rosas de Ouro samba school performs during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo, March 1. (Photo by Andre Penner/Associated Press)


A member of the Dragoes da Real samba school performs during Sao Paulo’s Carnival parade at the Sambodromo, February 28. (Photo by Ricardo Bufolin/Getty Images)


A dancer from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school performs during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo, March 2. (Photo by Andre PennerAssociated Press)


Dancers from the Nene de Vila Matilde samba school perform on a float during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo, March 2. (Photo by Andre Penner/Associated Press)


A dancer from the Academicos do Tatuape samba school performs during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo. (Photo by Andre PennerAssociated Press)


A dancer from the Nene de Vila Matilde samba school performs during a Carnival parade in Sao Paulo, March 2. (Photo by Andre Penner/Associated Press)


A reveller takes part in the annual block party known as “Ceu na Terra” or (or Sky on Earth), one of the many carnival parties to take place in the neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro March 1, 2014. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival will be held from February 28 to March 4. (Photo by Pilar Olivares/Reuters)


Revelers kiss during the Banda de Ipanema Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Streets across Brazil have been swamped with Carnival revelers, with the largest parties attracting more than 1 million merrymakers. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)


A performer from the Imperio da Tijuca samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


A performer from the Imperio da Tijuca samba school parades during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Antoine/AP Photo)


A reveler of the Dragoes da Real samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 01, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A reveler of the Mocidade Alegre samba school performs during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 1, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A reveler of the Vai-Vai samba school performs during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 01, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A reveller from the Perola Negra samba school takes part in the Special Group category of the annual Carnival parade in Sao Paulo’s Sambadrome March 1, 2014. (Photo by Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)


A reveler holds a bottle of sparkling wine as he drives a car at the “Ceu na Terra” block party during Carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Rio de Janeiro’s over-the-top Carnival is the highlight of the year for many local residents. Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers will take to Rio’s streets in the nearly 500 open-air “bloco” parties. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)


Brazilian model Sabrina Sato from the Gavioes da Fiel samba school takes part in the Special Group category of the annual Carnival parade in Sao Paulo’s Sambadrome March 1, 2014. (Photo by Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)


Revelers of the Dragoes da Real samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 01, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A reveler of the Gavioes da Fiel samba school performs during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 1, 2014. Gavioes da Fiel’s theme for this year’s carnival is an homage to Brazilian former football star Ronaldo. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A reveler of the Rosas de Ouro samba school performs during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 01, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A dancer from the Tom Maior samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Andre Penner/AP Photo)


Soccer player Ronaldo (c) participates at the Gavioes da Fiel samba school during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 01, 2014. (Photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP Photo)


A dancer from the Rosas de Ouro samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Andre Penner/AP Photo)


Revelers of the Vai-Vai samba school perform during the first night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 01, 2014. (Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP Photo)


A reveller from the Vai Vai samba school takes part in the first night of the Special Group category of the annual Carnival parade in Sao Paulo’s Sambadrome March 1, 2014. (Photo by Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)


Performers from the Imperio da Tijuca samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

A performer from the Imperio da Tijuca samba school parades on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo by Felipe Dana/AP Photo)

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