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By Lauren Vita Sgarlato, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Carnival in Rio, also known as the world’s biggest and best celebration, is not just about the massive spectacular samba parade at Sambódromo.  A huge part of Carnival is...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last Saturday the Sambódromo saw the last of Samba school parades for this year with the six top schools of the year parading down the Sapucaí once more. The...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After much anxiety the winner of the contest between the top twelve Samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, was announced early evening this Ash Wednesday. The competition is much...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This past Sunday and Monday evenings the contest for Rio's best Samba school was held in the Sambódromo. The twelve top schools of the Grupo Especial paraded filling the Sapucaí...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival is upon us, Samba is in the air and Rio revelers already occupy the streets over the weekends following the many blocos. In the industrial workshops of the...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival is coming and technical rehearsals at the Sambódromo are attracting more and more crowds. Last Saturday Porto da Pedra took over the Sapucaí with enthusiasm putting on a great...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While most Samba schools are almost ready for the big parade starting on March 6th, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio had a major set-back and has to face the aftermath...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A devastating fire raged through the Cidade do Samba last Monday, February 7th, completely destroying three Barracões (Carnival industrial workshops) within the Carnival industrial complex in Gamboa, down-town Rio. ...
By Amy Skalmusky, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For many the word Carnival is synonymous with Sambódromo, the location of the spectacular annual parade of Samba schools, with each year surpassing the last in extravagance. Once...
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A fever has been sweeping across Rio de Janeiro since early January, building as the city enters the final stretch leading up to the actual Carnival weekend. Now...
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