Carnival is the most of popular festival in Brazil
The carnival have its origins in the pagan Saturnalia (the feast with which the Romans commemorated the dedication of the temple of the god Saturn) and it is considered an act of farewell to the pleasures of the flesh.
The first records of Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro date back to 1723. Immigrants from the Portuguese islands of Açores, Madeira and Cabo Verde introduced here the Entrudo (Portuguese festivity) and the idea was basically got everybody completely wet.The people would go out in the streets with buckets of water and limes.
Carnival is the most of popular festival in Brazil. It is annual holiday and it happens during 4 days into all country with party in the clubs, party on the streets and parades.
The parades consisting a group of people who dress in costumes or specials t-shirts according to certain themes, playing music called Samba and dancing. Many personalities, celebrities and foreigns come from all of world to participate.
The parade starts Sunday evening and go on into early morning Monday of the celebration. It happens in a place called Sambódromo, it sounds like a road of the Samba, opened in 1984. (See the photo at the publish My City, Rio de Janeiro at Tuesday, 04 March 2008)
Parading in the Sambódromo is an official competition in which a single samba school will be declared that year's winner.
This Samba schools is financed for organizations that work during the year round in preparation for Carnival.
I’ve found out a link at wikipedia explaining how Samba school is organized and there a lot of photos from Sambódromo during paredes.
I’ve found out news about the carnival at this year, sorry because is not in English, it reminded me when Prince Charles stayed in Rio at 1978 and went to Carnival and he danced with Pinah
There are a street carnival at famous place in Rio like Copacabana, Ipanema and anyone is allowed to participate.
The people is organized into blocks (Blocos) and this persons write their own music, which is played at all time during the carnival street or playing old carnival favourites called in Portuguese "Marchinhas de carnaval", and sambas. There are a lot of famous "blocos" and the main are "O cordăo do bola preta", "Suvaco do Cristo" (Christ's armpit in Portuguese) and “Banda de Ipanema” (created in 1965).
There are other famous cities with street carnival: Salvador in Bahia and Recife in Pernambuco. There are several differences between carnival city.
In Bahia there are many rhythms, including samba, samba-reggae, axé, and others, which are performed on a truck equipped with giant speakers and musicians play called "trio-elétrico".
This link have a axé music and photos from Bahia carnival
Recife has the rhythms called frevo and there are more two: maracatu and the Galo da Madrugada. This carnival street is the biggest number of participants at carnival parade in the world.
If the reader want to know some carnival music, you can get from "you tube". Put search key “Samba-enredo Carnaval 2008”.
Eugeny, you ask me if I've taken party in carnival. I’ve never taken party in the Sambódromo only at the street carnival and the party at the club. The party at club is very nice and excited. Do you remember when I wrote “farewell to the pleasures of the flesh”, everybody forgot this in Rio.
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William and BBC team, congratulation.
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