Category Archives: carnival

Party on 8th Street: Calle Ocho in Miami

Every March, the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana throws the biggest pan-Latin/Caribbean bash in the country on Southwest 8th Street, the main street of Miami’s Cuban community, called “Calle Ocho” in Spanish because of the missing ordinal abbreviation (i.e. “th”) … Continue reading

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Parabéns to Carnival Winners Mocidade Alegre + Unidos da Tijuca!

The 2012 Carnival season in Brazil has ended with a couple of surprising samba school parade winners in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both of which sported themes from the country’s culture-rich, rain-poor, poverty-stricken Northeast. Yesterday, Mocidade Alegre took … Continue reading

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It’s Carnival Time

WATCH CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL LIVE! LINKS BELOW. Yes, my good people, Carnival is this weekend in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and Salvador and Venice and New Orleans and Barranquilla and Trinidad and Port-au-Prince and Panama City and Santo … Continue reading

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(Samba) School’s in Session

With just over a month left before Carnival, the samba schools are getting into the groove with twice-weekly practices in preparation for the main event – a 14-contestant competition of beads, beats, and booty-shaking to see whose themed samba presentation … Continue reading

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It’s Starting…

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Carnival 2011: And the Winners Are…

Vai-Vai in São Paulo and Beija-Flor de Nilópolis in Rio Incidentally, I’ve been with Vai-Vai since jump: And the party’s still not over…the champions’ parade is tonight!

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“Reconheço Meu Valor”

Through all the color and pageantry of seven samba schools competing for the top prize on the first night of São Paulo’s Sambadrome competition, one dark and controversial issue reared its head in the most beautiful and touching ways. The … Continue reading

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