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Experience Brazil’s most famous party!
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High energy, bright colors, and eclectic costumes collide at Brazil’s annual Carnival festivities in Rio de Janiero. Attracting over 1 million international visitors as well as local residents, it is without a doubt Brazil’s craziest celebration!
Rooted in Roman Catholic tradition, Carnival begins before Ash Wednesday and refers to the celebratory period of indulgence just before Lent when people enter the days of abstinence. While festivities take place in cities throughout Brazil during this time of year, none compare to the grandeur of the famous Rio Carnival.
Samba is the official dance of the festivities in Rio and samba schools composed of 3,000 to 5,000 people practice special choreography months in advance. Dressed in elaborate costumes, their hours of preparation are put to the test at the samba parade competition. Further merry making is had at Carnival balls and street parties that last until the early morning hours.
For more information about planning your own wild adventure to experience Rio Carnival in Brazil, call and talk with an expert at Latin America For Less. Next year’s festivities will begin in mid-February. It’s best to start planning your trip sooner than later because hotel reservations and Carnival tickets book up fast.
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