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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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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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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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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