The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro attracts by its greatness, dazzling luxury and glamorous. Every year, millions of visitants from all over the planet arrive to Brazil to live this incredible event. It is impossible not to participate: the whole city is a party that invite us to move to the beat of the music and join the fun.
Rio Carnival 2011 starts on Saturday, March 5th and ends on Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, March 8th; but this year some wharehouses were destroyed by the fire. In these wharehouses, Rio de Janeiro’s samba groups stored the floats, props and costumes that they have been preparing for several months. So, this year will be fewer floats but the joy that characterizes Brazilian people will remain.
There are not only Carnival Parades, there also exist carnival balls, street bands, rehearsals at the Sambodromo…Do you know some curiosities of this great event?
Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is not only the most famous, it is also the wildest. So, the Brazilian government deliveries more than 11 million preservatives each year to stop the spread of AIDS and to fight against child sex tourism.
A samba school can include between 3,000 and 5,000 dancers, dozens of seamstresses, mechanics and artisans. Furthermore, the composers have more than 50 scores.
Last year, the Carnival was described as “Hollywoodesque” because of in its first two days the Samba Parade had some special guests like Madonna, Beyoncé or Paris Hilton.
The last story happened in the 80′s, it seems incredible, but it is real: A well-known personality put together a group of friends to go to Rio to enjoy the Carnival, but unfortunately one of the travelers died before the trip. The first man brought in his luggage some balloons and when they were in Rio, the group of friends scooped the ashes of the dead man into the balloons and they were blown one by one. During one parade, these ballons started falling from the sky to the ground and people played with them. It is a glorious way to say good-bye.
We encourage you to travel to this wonderful city, but in case you want to go in Carnival, we recommend you to arrive some days earlier.