The Daily Herald -Weary Brazilians seek escape from Carnival crowds
This is true. Carnival has changed over the years as noted in this article.
|The fire at the Cidade do Samba damaged the customs and floats at three of the 12 schools; however, Rio Carnival will take place as planned.
Don’t miss the “Street Blocks” carnival. More on the Rio Times link.
Updated: 5 April 11
Here are a few blogs/sites that have information about Carnival in Salvardor, Recife and São Paulo.
After 20 some years here Carnival does not spark the same interet in me that it did back in the “old days”, when it was less commerical and more up close and personal…as they say. It has become a huge event and so expensive that the local governments had to step in this year and ‘bail out’ the samba school in Rio as several private companies that usually sponsor schools backed out due to the worldwide meltdown.
It is still mind boggling and without a doubt you gotta see and participate at least once in your life. Kind of like the Devil’s Mecca.
A few Hollywood types have shown up. Stallone is down in Angra dos Reis, but is suppose to be at the finals tonight (Monday) at the Brahma celebrity box. Kevin Spacey was in the ‘box’ Sunday night.
Photos from O Globo…link below has more.
Lots of Brazilian celebrities in the Brahma Box as well. BTW, Brahma is a Brazilian beer, which is produced and owned by the same company that produces Budweiser….InBev.
click on photo for tons of Brazilian photos
Rio Carnival Dates For 2009:February 21st through February 24th
Rio Carnival Dates For 2010: February 13th through February 16th
Rio Carnival Dates For 2011: March 5th through March 8th
Rio Carnival Dates For 2012: February 18th through February 21st
Rio Carnival Dates For 2013: February 9th through February 12th
Rio Carnival Dates For 2014: February 3rd through February 6th
Rio Carnival Dates For 2015: February 16th through February 19
If you are considering coming to Rio for Carnival in 2013, it is time to start planning.
Other Carnival options are Salvador, Recife and the other cities in the Northeast. Some say Salvador is the best since Rio has become so commericalized.
LINKS: updated Sept 2012
Present Day Carnaval:
Carnival is going well throughout the country. Actually Carnival is mostly in the Northeast in the coastal cities, specifically Recife and Salvador and, of course, Rio. You can have thousands (Recife a million) out on the street surrounding large sound trucks (Trio Electrico) carrying small bands and famous singers who play a wide variety of music, but always Brazilian, non-stop and loud.
Carnival is pretty tame in the Southern part of the country and in the vast interior.
Old Days Carnaval:
In the old days, every town of any size around the country would have Street Carnaval during the day and traditional Carnaval at night in the Clube Social (public building for town parties and events). In the afternoons, all the kids would dress up in their costumes and jump around like crazy at the Clube. This would be followed by the young people, adults and old folks who have an evening of Bolero music, dancing and socializing. At midnight, the live band would begin Carnaval music. The old folks would leave almost immediately, the adults would hang around awhile jumping (pulando) remembering the Carnaval days of their youth. But, it would be the young people who would jump around like crazy until dawn.
That has pretty much disappeared as it has become an “event” now – Hollywood grandeur, the bigger, the louder, the better.
In the old days you were an intimate participant; now you are one of thousands participating or just an observer.
My city is dead! Yesterday, Sunday, it was like the movie set for the latest Will Smith movie; I Am Legend. Almost no cars, motos, and as a result; no noisy.
– then –
The photo is of the Mayor of Rio (embracing the ladies) turning over the keys of the city to the Carnaval King – Momo; the fellow on the left in his Carnaval costume. By tradition these guys are the size of Samurai wrestlers; however, this year they have a ‘normal’ guy.
Carnaval informally begins in Rio with the Blocos de Samba, which are neighborhood groups who party on the streets during Carnaval. “The Big Show” begins on Saturday when the Samba Schools begin parading at the Sambódromo.