Rio Carnival

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the largest amazing world festival on earth. Its current form has been in place since 1723, but it had its roots in a more Pagan form a hundred years before that. Today, as many as two million people take to Rio’s streets every day to participate in the fun. If you plan to go, you may need to book a year or more in advance.

The Rio Carnival takes place annually ending just before the Christian occasion of Lent, which is a 40-day period of abstinence from meat, alcohol and pleasure. Sort of like a last big party before being forced to behave. Due to the African and Portuguese influence in Brazil, Rio is different from other similar festivals like the Venice Carnival. Lavish, very skimpy costumes, festooned with glitter and feathers dominate the Samba dancers in the parades. There are grand balls, outdoor concerts, parties and an abundance of drinking and eating.

Carnival means “carne vale”, or “meat, farewell”, and you’ll find plenty of free things to do like street parties. Rio is tourist-safe during the day, but be more aware at night and stay in the main areas of the festival.

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