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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 Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The "desfile do Grupo de Acesso" (Access School parade) provides not only an entertaining evening and an ideal introduction for any Carnival novices, but an affordable alternative for those who...
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 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 Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The biggest party on Earth may have its roots in humble religious context, but it has developed into a fantastically elaborate competition of Samba schools. The Rio Carnival may...
By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - G.R.E.S. Academicos do Salgueiro will be the second school parading on Monday, March 7th, the second day of the Sambódromo 2011 Carnival competition. They have always been characterized by their...
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