Saturday, September 11, 2010

Mardi Gras- Rio de Janeiro's Carnival

The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is well known for its stunning beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon, and its gorgeous landscape, like Pão de Açúcar or the Corcovado with the statue of the Christo Redemptor, considered one of the new Seventh Wonders of the World. Aside from its gorgeous and touristic assets, Rio is also known worldwide for its carnival, known as the biggest party on Earth. As in New Orleans, the Brazilians have re-modeled and created a unique way of celebrating the pre-Lent festivities by adding their own touch and heritage such as the samba music considered Brazil’s national identity. Compared to Rio’s Carnival, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras could be perceived as amateurish. For two whole days, gigantic parades are held in the Sambadrome, which has been specifically built for this purpose. To get a better understanding of this Brazilian celebration, watch this video:

Or go on Rio’s Carnival web page:

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