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Rio Carneval March 5th - 8th 2011,
Brasil Rio de Janeiro
The Rio Carneval is Rio de Janeiro's annual festival before the Lent season begins. It is their last big party before the somber mood of Lent takes over. It is considered one of the greatest spectacles on Earth and the biggest street party on the planet.
The carnivals main event is the porformances from the samba schools, called a Sambadrome. A samba school is an actual school, or a dance club, devoted to practicing and exhibiting samba, an African-Brazilian dance. The schools practice and perform all year long, but it's all in preparation for the main event: the Rio Carneval.
The purpose of the carnivale is for samba schools to compete with fellow rival schools. Each school chooses a theme to portray in their dancing. They also build floats and make costumes to reflect their theme along with music of their choice. Each school usually creates six to eight floats and incorporates thousands of participants.
Theres a very specific order that every school has to follow in the parade. Each school begins with the “comissao de frente” or “first wing” which is made up of ten to fifteen people only. They are the ones to introduce the school and set the mood for thw crowds.
While the Sambadrome is going on, there are countless street festivals taking place throughout the city. Anyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals. They're definitely not as extravagant as the samba school perfromances but music and dancing is unavoidable. Drums, flutes, guitars, and tamborines fill the air with the music of Brasil. The different themes of the floats bring to life the most majestic show the world has ever seen.