Let’s Keep Carnival Clean

Rio’s urban cleaning company claims that one weekend of pre-Carnival partying left 11.1 tons of garbage in its wake.  To all of our FABULOUS Carnival partygoers, thank you for helping us to Keep Carnival Clean — not just because fines for throwing trash on city streets is R$205.60 this year, but also because we LOVE RIO!  Read on to find out what traditional bloco ‘left the most trash along the way’:

TONS OF TRASH COLLECTED AS CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS START

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How to ‘Bloco’ in Rio’s 2019 Carnival

Carnival officially begins on March 1st — oh, but there’s so much to do between now and then!  Expecting over 1 MILLION tourists to visit the Cidade Maravilhosa for Carnival, the city has approved 509 official ‘blocos’ (Carnival street parties) which will take place over the next several days.  Whether you are new to Carnival this year, or find your memory a little hazy from last year, read on for tips on How to ‘Bloco’ in Rio’s 2019 Carnival:

HOW TO ‘BLOCO’ IN RIO’S 2019 CARNIVAL

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Newer Samba School Brings Educational Theme to Carnival 2019

Grande Rio Samba School has a positive message for Carnival 2019. Their thematic samba composition carries the theme of ‘Quem nunca…? Que atire a primeira pedra’ (Who has never…? Throw the first stone). Grande Rio’s parade will focus on education and the significance of our actions to others and society. Read on for more on the Grande Rio Samba School and their program for this year’s Carnival event:

GRANDE RIO SAMBA SCHOOL READY FOR CARNIVAL 2019

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Unidos do Viradouro Samba School is Ready!

After returning to the top-tier Grupo Especial Carnival category, Samba School Unidos do Viradouro has no plans on going backward. The samba school plans to wow audiences and judges with a parade theme of ‘Viraviradouro!’, offering stories from a magical book. Read on for a little history on this samba school and more about their program for this year’s event.

UNIDOS DO VIRADOURO SAMBA SCHOOL READY FOR CARNIVAL 2019

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Traditional Samba School Competing in Carnival 2019

Samba School Império Serrano will open the first evening of Carnival 2019 parades on Sunday, March 3rd. This marks the second consecutive year that the samba school presents from the top-tier Grupo Especial category of parades after being promoted in 2017. Read on for a little history on this samba school and their program for this year’s event.

TRADITIONAL SAMBA SCHOOL COMPETING IN CARNIVAL 2019

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Queens of the Drum Vie to be Carnival Champions

Carnival 2019 will feature 14 ‘Rainhas des Baterias’ (Queens of the Drum), the majestically adorned female dancers who tend to standout as the figurehead of their respective samba school’s parade. Today’s featured article introduces us to a few of the Rainhas taking part in this year’s event, including Flávia Lyra who will represent samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense and serves as a captain of the fire department for the state of Rio de Janeiro:

RIO’S SAMBA SCHOOLS ‘RAINHAS DES BATERIAS’ PREPARE FOR CARNIVAL 2019

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