Fines for Disorderly Conduct Increase in Rio for 2016 Carnival

Fines for Disorderly Conduct Increase in Rio for 2016 Carnival

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With thousands of partygoers on the streets during the five days of Carnival, some of the main concerns for city of officials in Rio de Janeiro have been dirty streets filled with trash and waste. To curb people causing public disorder the city instituted […]

São Paulo Carnival Attendance and Revenues Increase in 2016

São Paulo Carnival Attendance and Revenues Increase in 2016

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Not nearly as famous as the Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro, or the blocos (street parties) in Salvador or Recife, in the Northeastern part of the country, the number of people attending Carnival festivities in São Paulo has surged in the past few years. […]

Final Day of Blocos for Official Carnival 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

Final Day of Blocos for Official Carnival 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Carnival reaches its last official date (February 9th) of the 2016 season, Rio de Janeiro will have one more day of blocos (street parties) spread out across the city. Of the 505 officially licensed blocos for the year, there will be 103 today, starting […]

Samba Schools in Brazil Shine Despite Economic Woes

Samba Schools in Brazil Shine Despite Economic Woes

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With the wailing economy and the devaluation of the Brazilian real in relation to the U.S. dollar, Rio de Janeiro samba schools had to scramble and use their creativity to work the same magic with less money. Companies and government funds for this year’s […]

Not Even Zika Virus Deters Pregnant Women From Carnival

Not Even Zika Virus Deters Pregnant Women From Carnival

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Going against health officials recommendations a group of pregnant women came out to participate in this year’s Carnival street parades in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The women were participants of a family-oriented Carnival bloco (street parades) called Cordão Umbilical (Umbilical Cord) which paraded through […]

Security Program Expands for 2016 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Security Program Expands for 2016 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For Carnival 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, authorities announced they will have more than 400 agents of the Operaçao Segurança Presente (Operation Security Today) on patrol during the official dates. Friday February 5th to Tuesday February 9th. Teams normally work in two eight-hour shifts, using […]

One Million Tourists Expected to Attend 2016 Rio Carnival Festivities

One Million Tourists Expected to Attend 2016 Rio Carnival Festivities

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Despite economic turmoil and concerns rising over the Zika virus, officials estimate that approximately one million tourists will visit the city of Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Carnival. The holiday will take place this year from February 5th through to the 9th. The […]

Economy Forces Smaller Cities in Brazil to Cancel Carnival

Economy Forces Smaller Cities in Brazil to Cancel Carnival

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While hundreds of thousands of Carnival-goers flock to streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, many smaller cities have cancelled or drastically reduced the traditional festivities due to the economic woes faced by the country. For the administrators who run these smaller cities, the […]

Mangueira Samba School Will Close Rio’s 2016 Carnival

Mangueira Samba School Will Close Rio’s 2016 Carnival

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Samba school Estação Primeira de Mangueira, best known simply as Mangueira, will be the last school to enter Rio’s famed Sambódromo on February 8th to parade in the Grupo Especial (Special Group) competition during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Well known by the […]

Favela Brass Provides Free Music Lessons for Kids in Rio

Favela Brass Provides Free Music Lessons for Kids in Rio

By Georgia Grimond, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In 2014, Tom Ashe, a Briton from Yorkshire, set about opening a music school in the Pereirão community in Rio, a small favela of about three thousand people, which lies between Laranjeiras and Santa Teresa. Now the Favela Brass project gives local children free […]

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