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The new year begins!

Hi everyone! It’s March 12th. In the US, clocks and cell phones sprang forward to Daylight Saving Time last weekend. Spring is just around the corner. And in Brazil, the new year is just beginning! It’s a joke here in Brazil that the new year begins in March. It’s a joke – but also pretty […]

Bloco das Carmelitas in Santa Teresa

Hi all, This Friday afternoon I’ll be meeting several friends and friend of friends to watch one of Rio’s most popular blocos (Carnival street parades), As Carmelitas. Although somewhere around 400 blocos now perform during Rio’s Carnaval, As Carmelitas has been a favorite since its inception back in 1990. I think there are several reasons […]

Carnivals around Brazil

Hi all, Is there a person alive who hasn’t seen photos and video of Rio’s Carnival? Honestly, sometimes I think that Carnival is the only thing foreigners know about Brazil at all. But Rio is not the only city in Brazil which celebrates Carnival. Indeed, there are Carnivals around the world. Mardi Gras, Quebec’s Winter Festival, […]

Carnaval blocos are underway!

Hi everyone! Yes, I’m back after a hiatus. Really, I had to return, since Carnaval 2014 is almost here! Officially, Carnaval (I will stick with the Portuguese spelling) this year will be March 1-4, in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday. But Carnaval really begins long before. [For those of you into the arcane: […]

Carnival 2013 in Paraty

Hi all, Well, Carnival is in full swing right now. This year I’m enjoying the festivities here in my little town of Paraty, forgoing the mega-parades of Rio. Been there, done that. Three times. That’s enough. While Carnival here in Paraty is undoubtedly tame compared to Carnival in Rio or Salvador, the other big destination […]

The things we miss…

Hi all, Here I am, in Rio de Janeiro, in the midst of Carnaval, and what I am thinking about? The Duke/Carolina game tonight. I’ve been a college basketball fan since I was about 7 and my dad – a college professor – starting taking my brother and me to games. Had I only been […]

Carnival 2010: Bloco das Carmelitas parade, Santa Teresa, Rio, Brazil

Hi all, As promised, here is video from the bloco das Carmelitas held this weekend in Santa Teresa. It’s a bit long, but I got great close-up footage of the batteria (the drum and percussion corps) and decided to leave much of it in so you can get a real feel for what it is […]

Bloco Dois Pra La Dois Pra Ca

Hi all, I must admit that it is tough getting out posts here in the midst of Carnaval. I’d give anything for a Mountain Dew and a BC powder – the favorite hangover cure of us Southerners. However, a cold coconut on the beach also helps. I’ll be heading there as soon as I get […]

Carnival Bloco Parade in Ipanema

Carnaval 2010 is now in full swing, and that means a steady string of blocos, street party parades. They are held throughout Rio, and people travel across town to attend the best ones. In a bloco, a specially outfitted truck (a trio eletrico) creeps down the street. Spectators line both sides of the street and […]