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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Known as the financial heart of Brazil, the city of São Paulo has put aside its business-like demeanor to welcome Carnival in grand style, and may soon compete with Rio...
By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For years the city of Rio became increasingly expensive, between currency exchange rates and inflation, it was crossed off the list of many budget travelers. However the famous Carnival...
By Sarah Brown, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - As 2017 draws ever closer, this only means one thing for Rio's samba schools - Carnival is arriving. Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba/LIESA (League of Independent Samba Schools) have...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – In several cities throughout Brazil today, Independence Day is being celebrated with military parades as well as protests against Michel Temer’s presidency. Parades featuring the country's armed forces are scheduled...
By Nicole Froio, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The second night of parades down the Marques de Sapucai Sambódromo, showcasing the Série A Access Group that are competing to be elevated to the Grupo Especial (Special Group), started...
By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival officially begins on Saturday, February 9th and the wait for the samba school competition is almost over. Yet before the schools from the Grupo Especial (Special Group) are scheduled...
By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Although weeks remain until the official four days of Carnival begin on Saturday, February 9th, some of the famous street parties, known as blocos are already underway. Unlike the...
By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With just two days of official public holiday left until Brazilians are expected back at work, there is still plenty of fun to be had at Carnival...
By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Drums, pulsating hips and buckets of alegria (joy), after a month of Carnival warm-up blocos (or street parties), Rio’s party-goers are chomping at the bit for the...
By Rob Sawers, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Reminiscent of Rio’s world famous Carnival with wild street parties, elaborate costumes, and loud parades playing Afro-Brazilian music, is São Luís’ Bumba-meu-boi festival. Celebrating the month of São João (Saint...
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