The Spectacle of the Bate-bola, Rio’s Alternative Carnival

Far from the Sambadrome and Rio’s beaches, there is a parallel Carnival universe called bate-bola or ‘ball-hitters’.  This festival is known for garish costumes, raw energy, and a funky mix of music and art; but it is widely isolated from society and ignored by Brazilian media.  Read on for more about Brazil’s ‘secret, seductive Carnival’ which is rooted in Portuguese traditions:

IN PRAISE OF BATE-BOLA, RIO’S SEDUCTIVE, SCARY ALTERNATIVE CARNIVAL

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