Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is, especially if you’re from a catholic country, a well known phenomenon.
“Carnaval” however and especially ” Carnaval in
Before you get too excited to read about a party that goes on for almost a week, women who wear beautiful but very revealing costumes and the fact that beer consumption during carnaval accounts for 80 percent of annual consumption, first some facts about its origins.
Rhythm, participation, and costumes vary from one area of
Modern Brazilian Carnival originated in Rio de Janeiro in 1641 where it initially mimicked the European form of the festival, later it added elements from Native American and African cultures.
In the 19th century, the cordões (literally laces or strings in Portuguese) were introduced in Rio de Janeiro. These were pageant groups that paraded through the city performing on instruments and dancing.
Today they are known as Blocos (block parades) a group of people who dress in costumes or special t-shirts with themes and/or logos. These block parades associate themselves with particular neighborhoods; they consist of both a percussion or music group and an entourage of revelers.
Block parades have become a significant characteristic of
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Map of the Sambadrome