Don’t try calling Brazil, they’re not in. Carnival 2011 has kicked off ,with Salvador taking the lead, as millions of people filled the streets to dance and party to the rhythm of samba there last night. Over the next week, the majority of Brazil will either be drunk or hungover as the rest of the country joins in with the annual celebrations. No-one is immune to Carnival with the nations capital, Brasilia, emptying as political and legislative worked ceased, with the head of the senate, Jose Sarney, stating that “”Brazil’s Carnival is a tradition. Nobody can resist the need to be part of it,”.
Whilst debate rages as to where is the best place to experience carnival, to many the height of the celebrations are to be found in Rio’s Sambadrome on Sunday and Monday. On these days, the samba schools of the city will perform the parades that they have spent the last 3 months planning on these nights. These parades consist of amazing floats, sometimes nearly ten stories high, topped with near-nude dancers moving to the sound of their original songs,which every samba school must produce each year. They compete to be crowned top samba school of Rio.
It means alot to the samba schools of Rio, who are made up of many people from poor areas of the city. Carnival acts as a way to express themselves and transgress their daily lives. This made it all the more sad when tragically a fire ripped through the warehouses, where many floats and costumes were being stored, earlier this year. Three samba schools were affected badly but with many donations and a lot of hard work, they have vowed to take part and no doubt the crowds will be behind them, cheering that little bit more as the affected schools take to the Sambadrome.
We’ll be posting anything interesting we hear about Carnival on here. If you’re there, leave a comment. We’d loveto hear about your experiences from the biggest party on Earth 2011!