The Opulent Side of Carnival

Certain images come to mind when we think of RIO Carnival.  But while thousands roar through RIO streets in colorful costume, there’s a different sort of Carnival taking place at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.  And if you have to ask the price of entry (*ahem* single tickets start at $800) to this party…well, you may not fit in at this opulent celebration.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/international/2017/02/far_from_carnival_street_fests_glitzy_rio_ball_for_elite

RIO Carnival…a Robber’s Best Friend

We’re in the thick of it!  Feathers.  Music.  Food.  Non-stop dancing.  But in 2006, RIO Carnival was more than a celebration.  It was the perfect diversion for a group of robbers who used Carnival as the perfect cover-up for the robbery that landed on them on the FBI Top Ten Art Crimes list.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/26/how-the-rio-carnival-aided-a-multi-million-dollar-art-heist.html

We’re Only Warming Up!

If RIO’s warm-up style is any indication of whether the city will BRING IT for the main attraction, then RIO’s bloco game means that Carnival is going to blow your socks off!  Tomorrow marks the official start of Carnival 2017, but the streets have been blazing for WEEKS.  Check out the parades lighting up RIO streets tonight as we count down to Carnival!!!

Blocos Welcome Carnival 2017 to RIO’s Streets Tonight

Bloco Besame Mucho will kick off tonight's festivities in Santa Teresa, photo by Isabela Vieira/Agência Brasil. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro, Carnival, Carnival 2017, Carnival blocos, blocos da rua, blocos

 

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…Invite ‘Em to Carnival

RIO Carnival 2017 officially begins today.  Some may say that such a huge celebration has no place in a country currently struggling with government woes, a recession, drugs and other major troubles.  But performers and revelers alike pay no mind to the naysayers.  Instead, through creative costumes laced with political satire and protest, they’ve invited some of the most polarizing topics (and the public figures behind them) to the celebration!

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/19/516134840/rios-carnival-is-a-glitter-filled-euphoria-even-if-brazils-government-is-not

Partiers have pOodles of Fun at Copacabana Bloco

Days ahead of the official start of Carnival, a Copacabana Beach bloco hosted partiers AND their pooches–dressed in the most adorable costumes.  Check out this video!  Is your pup getting festive for Carnival?

http://abcnews.go.com/International/video/pets-owners-fill-streets-colorful-costumes-ahead-rio-45604709#-/web/search/rio%20de%20janeiro-1487682447281-trackingCode-Athohjq203dMfkYRc1ZT+Q==-articleId-391274581-vv-be7b1950-10fe-4b09-81e4-5bb44e20f1e5

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