Tag Archives: Rio de Janeiro

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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New Years Eve in Rio … and Around the World

It’s 2012, folk! While many of you spent New Years Eve in the frigid climes of Europe or North America, I was getting my hot-and-sweaty on in Rio de Janeiro. 😉 True, it rained most of the weekend, and the … Continue reading

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Mr. Wonder Rocks Rio, Then and Now

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Even in the Tropics

Last week, a 23-year-old gunman walked into a middle school in Rio de Janeiro and shot 12 students dead before killing himself. As a country where, despite a brutal history that included chattel slavery and the decimation of the indigenous … Continue reading

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Reconciling with Rio

Three years ago, shortly after dusk on a crisp July evening, I left the gym and walked with a friend down a cavernous back-street in Copacabana, the gritty, dense, intense, world-famous beachfront neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.  At that time, … Continue reading

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From the AV Room: Samba No Pé

Samba schools around Brazil are starting their practice sessions for next February’s Carnival shenanigans.  Still, during the off-season, many schools offer glimpses of skin and sequins for tourists and Sunday strollers.  Here’s (very rough) video of a tiny group from … Continue reading

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