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By Leo Byrne, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The number of police on duty during Carnival has been stepped up this year to 14,454 in order to help ensure the safety of partygoers. The figure marks an...
By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival and other Pre-Lenten celebrations are observed throughout the world from New Orleans’ Mardi Gras to Ecuador's Fiesta de las Flores y las Frutas, but in Brazil the four days...
By Leo Byrne, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last week officials announced the number and locations of the 'blocos' that surround the 2013 Carnival season. Bucking the recent trend to lower the number of blocos - the open...
By Fiona Hurrell, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - From the dazzling mayhem of a 2008 Rio Carnival bloco, emerged a union of instrumental musicians operating by the name of ‘Orquestra Voadora,’ meaning the Flying Orchestra. Having exploded...
By Ana Gabriela Ribeiro, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Over the last several years, the well-traveled square Praça General Osorio in Rio's famous Ipanema, known for its Feira Hippie (hippie market) and Carnival bloco Banda de Ipanema, has...
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...
By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Carnival in Rio is one of the biggest and the best celebrations on Earth. While the samba schools and their glamorous parade at Sambódromo may be what initially...
By Felicity Clarke, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - "There's something really powerful about the energy put out by big a band full of horns and drums" says Tim Malik, a Rio-based musician from New York, as he...
By Bruno De Nicola, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - The Carnival Bloco will march, on August 16, on the streets of Centro to celebrate Songoro Cosongo's fourth anniversary, bringing summer sounds and flavors to the Brazilian winter. The street...
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