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 Want a Real Extravaganza? Try Carnival in Brazil

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Carnival in Recife Mascarados

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Carnival in Brazil is of such importance that the very word “Carnival” is almost immediately associated with Brazil, mainly with the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.Sambodromo in Rio

Indeed, Cariocas (natives of Rio de Janeiro city) put on what they like to call the “biggest show in the world”. It is an amazing spectacle, full of color, fun and samba.

However, there are many other ways of celebrating Carnival in Brazil depending on the region. We are going to talk about the largest festivals here. The most famous, besides Rio de Janeiro's, are the carnivals of Salvador, in the state of Bahia, and of Recife and Olinda, in the state of Pernambuco. Sao Paulo also has a big parade, in the same style as Rio's.

A Little History about Brazil's Carnival

Carnival was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese. It was called “Entrudo”, meaning “entrance”, to Lent (the 40-day period before Easter). The Entrudo consisted of battles of water with lemon juice, flour and mud.

Galo Madrugada at the Carnival in Recife

When the Portuguese royal family moved to Rio de Janeiro, they brought a more sophisticated way of celebrating the Carnival with fancy balls, with elaborate costumes and masks, the way the French and Italian used to celebrate. And guess what type of music they used to play at these balls? Opera!

It was a party for the rich. The poor couldn’t afford the expensive costumes and masks, so the Entrudo survived among the poorer classes. Eventually, popular balls were created for the people.

The poor people also started to organize their own parades and in the beginning of the 20th century the Entrudo died off and yielded to the way the Carnival is celebrated today in cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, among others.

In 1929, the first  samba(1) club called “Deixa Falar” (Let Us Speak) was born and so was Brazil's Carnival.

100% Guaranteed Fun

Carnival in Salvador

Wherever you plan to spend Carnival in Brazil, rest assured that you will have a great time. However, it does require energy and enthusiasm. During the Carnival, Brazil travel is all about having a lot of fun. Are you  ready? Let's go then. 

 

 

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Salvador

Carnival in Recife and Olinda

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 (1) Samba clubs are called Escolas de Samba, "Schools of Samba", by Brazilians.

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