One Year to Rio Olympics Will Start Countdown With Music Show

One Year to Rio Olympics Will Start Countdown With Music Show

By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Organizing Committee will host a traditional music and dance ceremony in Barra da Tijuca’s Cidade das Artes (City of Arts) tomorrow (August 5th) to announce the one year mark before the start of the 2016 Olympic Games. The event will feature […]

Nearly One Million Tourists Attended the 2015 Rio Carnival

Nearly One Million Tourists Attended the 2015 Rio Carnival

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – During the 2015 Carnival celebrations the city of Rio de Janeiro welcomed approximately 977,000 tourists, according to the Secretaria Municipal de Turismo, known as Riotur. The data released on Sunday, February 22nd, showed that the visitors generated US$782 million in revenue for the city. […]

Another 45 Blocos Take Rio’s Streets on Last Days of Carnival

Another 45 Blocos Take Rio’s Streets on Last Days of Carnival

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although Carnival 2015 has officially ended with Ash Wednesday on February 18th, the party is not over yet in Rio de Janeiro as another 45 blocos will take the city’s streets between Friday, February 20th and Sunday, February 22nd. The highlight on Friday, February 20th […]

German Tourist Stabbed in Robbery in Rio’s Centro

German Tourist Stabbed in Robbery in Rio’s Centro

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A German tourist died after he had been stabbed by robbers when returning to his hotel in Rio de Janeiro’s Centro with his wife on Tuesday afternoon, February 17th. The visitors were in town to enjoy the city’s Carnival celebrations. The couple was attacked by […]

Two Rio Blocos Will Celebrate Women’s Rights

Two Rio Blocos Will Celebrate Women’s Rights

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As part of a United Nations (UN) campaign, two Rio de Janeiro blocos, Carmelitas and Bloco das Mulheres Rodadas, will celebrate women’s rights on Tuesday, February 17th and Wednesday, February 18th respectively. Named,“Neste carnaval, perca a vergonha, não perca o respeito” (In this carnival, […]

Prices are 7.42 Percent Higher for Carnival in 2015

Prices are 7.42 Percent Higher for Carnival in 2015

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL – In general prices during Carnival for products and services are 7.42 percent higher this year than in last year’s five-day celebration. According to a report from the Consumer Price Index of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (IPC-FGV), the price hike is almost at the same level […]

Operation Carnival 2015 Already Under Way in Brazil

Operation Carnival 2015 Already Under Way in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As hundreds of thousands of Brazilians get ready to head out to celebrate Carnival, this year held from February 14th to 18th, the country’s busiest airports and bus stations have set up special operations to ensure easy transit for travelers. At the seven airports which […]

Unidos da Tijuca to Parade Last in Rio’s 2015 Carnival

Unidos da Tijuca to Parade Last in Rio’s 2015 Carnival

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last year’s winner Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba Unidos da Tijuca are the last school to enter the Sambódromo in this year’s Carnival. Their title defending parade is expected in the early morning hours of the parade that starts on Monday, February 16th. Unidos da […]

Grande Rio Will Wrap First Day of 2015 Carnival Parades

Grande Rio Will Wrap First Day of 2015 Carnival Parades

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio will be the last samba school to enter the Sambódromo on the first day of Special Group parades on Sunday, February 15th. The school from Duque de Caxias is expected to make their entrance in the early morning hours. […]

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While your Carnival week in Rio will (and should) inevitably revolve around samba beats and endless parties, in a whirl of parades, blocos, balls and costumes, don’t miss the opportunity to see more of the Marvelous City at the same time. One thing to keep […]

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