The Curmudgeon on Carnival 2013

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bah! Humbug! It will surprise very few of you to learn that the Curmudgeon is NOT a Carnival fan, particularly not a fan of the annual gaudy parades carried out by the samba schools in the Sambadrome. What’s not to like? Here’s a list.

The music is repetitive, in three senses. During their eighty minutes of parading, samba schoolers must repeat and repeat and repeat the very same words, over and over and over again. Moreover, most of the “sambas” each year sound very much like each other, the rhythm . . .

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