Carnival 2019 Expected to Bring in Over R$3.5 Billion

Rio de Janeiro state officials expect revenue from the 5-day Carnival festivities to exceed R$3.5 billion, which chief economist João Gomes of the Federation of Commerce of Goods, Services and Tourism of the State of Rio de Janeiro says demonstrates progress in Rio’s economic recovery.  These estimates represent a 2 percent increase over Carnival 2018 revenue.  Read on for more:

RIO TO REGISTER OVER R$3.5 BILLION IN REVENUE DUE TO CARNIVAL

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How Not to be an Arsehole During Carnival

David Biller, a self-proclaimed gringo and New Englander, wants to help everyone enjoy Carnival 2019.  On his Twitter profile (@DLBiller), David recently shared ‘Pequeno Manual Prático de Como Não Ser um Babaca No Carnaval’ or ‘A Small Practical Guide to Not Being an Asshole During Carnival’.  He describes the guide as a series of flyers taking aim ‘at the the sexual assault and forceful kissing that’s regretfully commonplace during Carnival.’

For non-Portuguese readers, some of the tips are loosely translated (read: Google translate) into various, colorful tips such as:

  • She did not want to accept you, that hurt a little. You are going to survive.
  • It’s just fantasies, not invitations.
  • In Portuguese, it is also know as: No.
  • She’s crazy drunk?  Offer help, do not take advantage.  Sex without consent is rape.  Rape and a crime.

We salute you, David!

A SMALL PRACTICAL GUIDE TO NOT BEING AN ASSHOLE DURING CARNIVAL

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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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Riotur and Segurança Presente Collab for Carnival Security

Determined to preserve its reputation as a ‘world-class tourist destination’, Rio de Janeiro is combining the forces of Riotur with security contractor, Segurança Presente to help with security during Carnival. Read on for more on how leaders from both Riotur and the sometimes controversial Segurança Presente promise to work collaboratively:

RIOTUR TAPS SECURITY CONTRACTOR TO HELP WITH SECURITY DURING CARNIVAL

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