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Than samba happened and carnival became Brazilian: a black-hearted party where the poor express their voice and outstanding creativity, being able to forget the weight of life for a while. After that many things happened -the Schools of Samba, the rules, the sponsors, the commercialization of Rio carnival. Geography of RioRio stands on the Tropic of Capricorn, overlooking the breathtaking Bay of Guanabara. The Venice Arsenale comes to life during the 2014 Venice Carnival The 2014 Venice Carnival has many new treats in store for us. Our magazine Visit Venice – Winter 2014 with all the events of the Winter season in Venice, can be downloaded online for free! The Venice Carnival 2013 is dedicated to colour: the title of the carnival this year is, in fact, “Vivi i colori – Live in colour”.
Until 21th, February 2012 Since February 4th, a massive 9-meter-high wooden has been positioned on a floating barge in Venice for Carnival 2012.
The most theatrical and impressive performance of Venice Carnival was, with no doubt, ‘the flight of the Angel’ now become the ‘Flight of the Dove’, which consisted in the acrobatics of a man whose waist was tied with ropes, who first of all had to ascend, by means of a pulley device, from the dock to the belfry of Saint Mark’s bell-tower and then had to go down to the balcony of Palazzo Ducale and offered some little bunches of flowers and poetical works to the Doge who, from there, was watching the show. The Carnival Venice history has ancient origins when the Doge Vitale Falier evokes it in a document of 1094 – when the government of the Serenissima gave to the humblest classes of the population a short period of fun and festivities.
Probably, these permission was allowed by the austere Republic of Venice which placed limits and restrictions as morality and public order of its citizens. With the increasingly widespread habit of dressing up for carnival, in town originated a real trade in masks and costumes. Since the eighteenth century, one of the most common camouflage custom still present in our days, was the Bauta.
Due to the increasing importance of Carnival, around the year 1500, there was the opening of many theaters and, in 1600, there was the birth of a great number of theatrical troupes made up of professional artists with an influential development of theatre comedy and arts that over the time became even more refined.
Only in 1979, the Carnival was rehabilitated thanks to the efforts of some citizens associations, the contribution of the Municipality of Venice, Teatro la Fenice, the Venice Biennale and other tourist bodies. Luxury Travel in VeniceItalian Travel Experts specialized in custom travel vacation and events in Venice for businesses and individuals.
Why Choose us Professionalism, charm, courtesy and immediate answers by phone or e-mail, this makes us your reliable partner. The yearly Carnival that takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is quite possibly the biggest party on the face of the Earth, or at least if it’s not the biggest then it surely racks up there among the biggest.
The word carnival comes from the Latin, “Carne Vale” which means something along the lines of “Farewell to the Flesh”, however the initial origins of the carnival date back to an ancient Greek spring festival dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine. Interestingly enough the Roman Catholic Church later piked up the Saturnalia festival and modified it as a festival leading up Ash Wednesday but the entire thing quickly evolved into a celebration of everything material, music, food, alcohol and sex. The modern day lavish Rio Carnival, featuring lots of spectacular floats which in turn are surrounded by literally thousands and thousands of dancers, singers and drummers has very little in common to how it was when it first started back in 1840.
Back then, Rio’s first masquerade carnival ball was set to the very European sounds of polkas and waltzes only for it to add horse drawn floats and military bands a decade later. The sound most closely associated with the Rio Carnival is the samba, but this wasn’t part of the Carnival until 1917. Nowadays the carnival is mainly organized by samba schools which first started to appear in 1928, but these are more than just musical groups, they act as a type of neighborhood associations providing a series of community needs like educational or health care resources, these are extremely important parts of life for most people in a country suffering from wide-spread poverty and no social safety net. Read more:Coolest car museums around the world (Part 2)Last time, we had started talking about the Coolest car museums around the world, true tributes to the contribution of car engineers, designers and developers.
The Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai is the purpose-built stadium located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed specifically to host the annual parade of Samba Schools during Rio Carnival.
The Sambodromo was designed and built in 1984 by world-renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer. The venue was commissioned by the first government of Governor Leonel Brizola (1983-1987) as a means of providing the city of  Rio de Janeiro with an urban venue to serve as the permanent grounds for the annual spectacle of the Parades of Samba Schools during Carnival.
The festival of Rio Carnival has taken place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil since the early explorers first discovered the New World. Historians largely agree that the first known record of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro took place in 1723.
The Carnival tradition of Ze Pereira was introduced in the middle of the 1800s by a Portuguese shoemaker named Jose Nogueira de Azevedo.
From the tradition started by Ze Pereira, Carnival parades developed into something greater than anyone could have imagined. Up until the middle of the 1980s, the Samba Parades of Rio Carnival were held along the main street of Avenida Presidente Vargas. After the end of the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil, the new government of Governor Leonel Brizola commissioned visionary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer to design the new venue. The Sambadrome is a classic design by Niemeyer, who often incorporates concrete in his modern structures. Built on the grounds of the recognized birthplace of the samba style of music, the Sambodromo parade route begins at Avenida Presidente Vargas and ends at the Apotheosis Square on Rua Frei Caneca. When it was completed in 1984, the Sambadrome initially provided seating for around 70,000 spectators; however, amid concerns over venue capacity when Rio de Janeiro won the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, a consensus was reached that the historical stadium of samba would need to undergo renovations to increase the amount of seating in preparation for hosting the largest international sporting event in the world.
The city of Rio de Janeiro reached an agreement with the owners of the old Brahma Beer factory whereby Brahma would fund the renovation project in its entirety at a tune of US$19 million, in exchange for the beer company being permitted to build an office building directly behind the even side of the Sambadrome.
Both the even side of the Sambadrome and the old Brahma factory were demolished and new individual sectors were added to raise the seating capacity of the venue to 90,000, allowing for the new Sambadrome to be built according to architect Oscar Niemeyer’s original symmetrical design. In the beginning of 2012, the renovations to the Sambadrome were complete and a grand inauguration ceremony was held just a few days before Carnival. When one thinks of the Rio Carnival, the first thing that springs to mind is the exotic and outlandish costumes.
When you visit Rio de Janeiro, you have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful sites in the world. Parade where youngsters, hopeful of becoming Samba professionals strut their stuff in the Childrena€™s Parade.
The Rio Carnival is a potpourri of music, dance, festivities, hysteria, culture and beauty.
The Samba dance and music which is symbolic of the Carnival in Brazil is not indigenous to Brazil. Wednesday, is observed by Christians all over the world as a forty day period of fasting and abstinence. Sunday after the Paschal full moon and the Brazil Carnival get its dates from this formula. February 13nd 2013 has a number of events and activities all of which entertaining and thrilling. Blocos perform their theme songs and parade in the various neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. 18:00 a€“ The hugely popular Banda de Ipanema will conduct its second block party of the festival.
21:00 a€“ The first of the two foremost parades of the carnival, the Special Group parades will occur. 23:00 a€“ The Scala will hold its 4th thematic Ball a€“ the City Ball, dedicated to the city of Rio. 19:00 a€“ The last Samba Parade, the Childrena€™s Parade will take place in the Sambodromo.
23:00 a€“ The big finale of the Carnival, the legendary Gay Costume Ball at the Scala will begin. 12 schools in this group, half perform on carnival Sunday and the other on carnival Monday.

Carnival Friday and Saturday, which falls on Saturday, 08th February and 09th February of this year.
The performers gather in an area known as Concentration or a€?ConcentracA?oa€?, just outside the Sambodromo. Group parade on Sunday, while the group with the second lowest points opens Mondaya€™s Samba parade.
Monday and if you want to mingle with the locals to experience how passionate they are about the event. Once the theme for the year is chosen, the role of the Carnival Designer or a€?Carnavalescoa€? begins. The participants of the parade are split into various groups, each having a particular role.
The Samba song is practiced for many months by the school, before it is performed at the Rio Carnival. Practice for the parade usually begins sometime in August and by December rehearsals are in full swing. There are over 70 Samba schools in Rio, and they all participate in the annual carnival celebrations.
There is a little welcome show at 20:00 with King Momo opening the night passing through the Sambodromo.
As the show is extremely long and goes on until sun-rise, some people take little pillows to seat. The absolute most convenient way to get to the sambadrome is with our guided roundtrip shuttle service.
All Private Guided Transfers to Sector 7, 9 and 11 will be provided by BLUMAR TURISMO, our rep in Brazil.
Located in front of most of the sectors, these seats are an excellent alternative to the high priced luxury suites.
The parade tickets in sector 1 are restricted to the grandstands and are not available to public. Brothers, Avril Lavigne, Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay and Radiohead to name just a few. The 2013 Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel is the most glamorous and prestigious Rio Carnival Ball. This is THE Parade, the high-point of Rio Carnival, with six schools parading on both nights. In its 21st year, the Rio Scala nightclub has moved from Leblon to the Downtown area of Rio. It takes place near the Arches of Lapa, where the young usually gather Friday nights all year around.
All the samba schools have a rehearsal hall that opens, in most cases, at the weekends for anyone. It is a bit like a big dance club however with people of all ages, including many old people. The origins of the Belizean carnival have been traced back to 1975 by Researcher Lawrence Vernon. The revelry was not without controversy and according to Arguelles; things started changing after independence in 1981. Still, the carnival continued to evolve and later in the eighties, Belizean groups got to experience it on a much larger scale when they were invited to participate in Miami. The experiences abroad and influence from the Caribbean eventually changed the look of carnival in Belize. Even today, the mas bands continue invest more time and money in their costumes, especially those for the king and queen competition. Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. This is the biggest waist of money in the country we have nothing to celebrate absolutely nothing except death destruction and corruption.
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Do you believe William Mason and Mellisa Ferguson have incriminating evidence against ministers and high level officials? Polls ArchiveTHE COMMENTS AND VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE BLOG ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF THIS STATION. The Lenten period of the Liturgical year Church calendar, being the six weeks directly before Easter, was marked by fasting and other pious or penitential practices. Its origins are very old, dating back to the Ancient Greeks, who used to celebrate spring in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine. But carnival has been deeply transformed by the contact with Brazil and its African and Indios roots. Pequena Africa was inhabited by black people as Hilaria Batista de Almeida, nicknamed Tia Ciata. Nevertheless this huge party, the biggest show on earth, holds the power to turn the world upside down. Its geography is irregular, characterized by hills and mountains (“morro” in Portuguese) covered with tropical forest. However, the first official document of 1296 issued by the Senate of the Republic, declared the Carnival of Venice a public holiday with the festive day before Lent. Everyone was free to assume the behaviors according to the costume wearing, in fact, the greeting constantly echoing in the act of meeting a new mask was “buongiorno signora maschera” (hello lady mask). Since 1271, there are news about the production of masks, schools and techniques for their making. On the 2nd February, the day of the purification of the Virgin, was a custom to celebrate the blessing of the poorest and most beautiful brides in the city at the Basilica of San Pietro di Castello. The definition of art comedy was born in Venice around 1750 – introduced by the playwright and librettist Carlo Goldoni.
Just after few editions, it has become an extremely important event for the city of Venice and for all those tourists around the world that each year come over. This festival was then adopted by the Romans which dedicated it to Bacchus, the Roman god equivalent to Dionysus, and featured lavish feasts, and then later to Saturnalia where slaves and their masters would exchange their clothes for a day of drunken fun.
This is quite likely not what the Church had in mind since this festival would precede the period known as Lent – forty days of abstinence, fasting and personal reflection, apparently people wanted to sin as much as possible in the week preceding the forty days in which they would go about purging said sins.
Samba music is an eclectic mix of Angolan semba, European polka, African batuques, some sprinkles of Cuban hubanera and many other styles; modern Samba came into being after the arrival of many black Brazilians, especially from Bahia, to the impoverished slums or favelas after the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888. So far, we have listed the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan and the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia. On this page you will learn about how the Sambadrome came to be, starting with the history of Carnival in Rio all the way through the most recent renovations to the venue in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games to today. Learn how the Sambadrome came to be, from the early history of Rio Carnival to the more recent renovations in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In fact, in August of 1983, just a month before the venue was commissioned, the State Government of Rio de Janeiro made an announcement that the parades would be held at Maracana Stadium! From that year on, Rio Carnival grew bigger and bigger until it eventually became a defining symbol of the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro. As more and more settlers brought their traditions with them from Portugal to Brazil, the pre-lenten festivities of Carnival developed a new form that would mark a new form Carnival expression unlike any other in the world.
Niemeyer’s initial designs showed a perfectly symmetrical structure, with individual concrete sections, called sectors, spread equally along what would become the Samba runway.

In only 110 days after construction began in 1983 and costing approximately $15 million, the Sambadrome was constructed with stadium-style seating erected on both sides of a 700 metre, which translates to roughly half a mile, stretch of the street, Marques de Sapucai. For one, Niemeyer’s modern exploration of the aesthetics of concrete have become symbols of Brazilian architecture.
As part of the agreement, the building will not only be filled with Brahma offices, but it will also house government offices.
12,500 new seats were added with the completion of the new even side of the venue and other improvements were also made. What’s more, with each sector now being identical to one another, the visibility for certain sectors was also greatly enhanced.
The ceremony was held on the 7 of February 2012, with Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes and the mastermind architect Oscar Niemeyer, then 104 years old, present as a guest of honor.
Flamengo is another hotspot where you can catch the scintillating street party a€?Estica do Flamengoa€?.
The performances are grand and lavish, the parties stupendous and the infrastructure, impeccable.
A difference of opinion, she says, is why we now have a road march and a uniform parade as separate events on the September calendar.
A younger reveler, Misty Williams, has been involved in the carnival for the past ten years and she says the different groups are still molding their individual styles when it comes to the costumes. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.
Traditionally during Lent, no parties or other celebrations were held, and people refrained from eating rich foods, such as meat, dairy, fats and sugar.
Ipanema and Copacabana are the most well-known beaches, but there are plenty (don’t miss Praya Vermelha, in Urca). During the Serenissima Republic the celebrations practically lasted six weeks, from the 26th December to Shrove Tuesday when the bells announced the beginning of the Lent; in this period people made merry from morning to night and the Republic tolerated everything. At the time, the Carnival was celebrated for six weeks (from December 26th to Ash Wednesday) although celebrations started beginning October. In this period began the realization of the first tools for the working materials such as clay, papier mache, plaster and gauze. The Bauta, apart from being widely used in Carnival, was also employed for the theater or for loving affair guaranteeing the total anonymity. The wealthy patrician families of Venice were devoted to the giving of the dowry to the brides and, the Doge, lent prestigious jewels and gold coming from the treasury of the city.
The edition of Volo dell’Angelo or della Colombina began in 1500 when a young Turkish acrobat succeeded with the help of a barbell to get to the bell-tower of Saint Mark walking on a long rope.
With the passing of the years, the authorities introduced several decrees and heavy penalties for the fraudulent use of disguises especially at night when the greatest crimes were committed.
Only a month later, on September 11, 1983, Oscar Niemeyer revealed his groundbreaking design for the project — a design that would inspire Carnival parade venues around Brazil.
In the parades of Ze Pereira, people took to the streets on Carnival Monday, marching, parading, drumming and whistling while playing on the tambourines. Each member of a group or bloco playing a specific role in the preparations and performances of the parades. The first official Rio Carnival parade happened in 1935 at Praca Onze, and remained at that location for 30 years until it was moved to the Avenida Presidente Vargas and finally to the Marquis de Sapucai, where it remains today. In an effort to consolidate the educational and cultural projects of Darcy Ribeiro, Niemeyer designed the new home of Rio Carnival to include 115 classrooms underneath the bleachers of sectors 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9. In 1983,  Oscar Niemeyer designed the plans for Rio Carnival’s new home to be called the Sambadrome. Furthermore, all sectors were originally intended to be the same size and style, with grandstand bleachers on the top, open air front boxes on the same level of the Samba Parade route and luxury sky boxes in the middle.
On March 2, 1984, just in time for the inaugural Sambadrome Parades of Rio Carnival, the Sambadrome was inaugurated.
After the initial design, the government overturned the decision to knock down the old factory. Second, the law prohibiting the demolition of the urban factory has been repealed by the courts. As a whole, the Sambadrome was made more aesthetically pleasing as the balance was restored with the demolition of sector 2.
Rod is a waste, a child with access to internet who stays up until 11 at night waiting for the news to be posted online. The forty days of Lent, recalling the Gospel accounts of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, serve to mark an annual time of turning. At the beginning carnival in Brazil was a party for rich people (included the Emperor) with European music (Polkas, Waltzes and Mazurkas)… can you imagine?
In winter (from April to November), the climate is mild with average temperatures between 18°C (min) and 25°C (max). Nowadays masks coming from all over the world use to crowd the Venetian squares, but above all Saint Mark square and its cafes; besides the traditional masks you can see queer and quaint disguises, and many dances, parties, concerts andperformances in theatres are organized. Thanks to the anonymity guaranteed by the masks and costumes, there was an equivalence between all social social classes, gender and religion – as well as it was even authorized to mock the public authorities and the aristocracy.
Another characteristic mask is “Pantalone” whose name comes from San Pantalone, one of the most venerated Saints of the city.
Subsequently, there were accompanied in procession to the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s residence) where they received the homage of the Doge and embarked on the Bucintoro (galley of State) that sailed through the Grand Canal and Rialto reaching the church of Santa Maria Formosa for the solemn celebrations.
Jose Nogueira de Azevedo welcomed everyone to join in on the festivities, and parades became a major part of Carnival in Rio.
Many complained of the economic waste of paying construction companies each year to build and take down bleachers, fences and other seating structures along Avenida Presidente Vargas.
However, the initial plans had to be modified in order to accommodate for an old local factory that was still operational and used for the Brahma Beer company.
What’s more, the issues related to traffic and transportation were skirted by streets that intersect the venue, cutting through the gaps in sectors and decreasing the effects of traffic. Additional enhancements include balconies that have been added to the boxes located in the even sectors of the Sambodromo. Saint Mark Square and the other little squares of the town became vast stages on which people organized entertainments of any kind. Throughout the period of Carnival there was a slowdown of the various activities in order to devote more space to celebrations, jokes, entertainment and events set up in Piazza San Marco, Riva degli Schiavoni and in all major areas of the city with attractions of jugglers, acrobats, musicians and dancers.
With the French occupation of Napoleon and the fall of the Venetian Government in 1797, was declared the permanent ban masquerades except for private parties in palaces and Ballo della Cavalchina at Teatro La Fenice. As revelers from around the world started traveling to Rio de Janeiro during Carnival, the streets flooded with people and it became apparent that the Samba Parades of Rio Carnival would need a permanent home of their own. Therefore, rather than building individual sectors on the even side, the decision was made to make one long sector that included more luxury boxes.
The third reason the construction of the Sambadrome was controversial relates to the issue of transit. At the time, Cariocas feared that the construction of such a major complex on a main road in the city would worsen traffic. The consumption of this, in a giant party that involved the whole community, is thought to be the origin of Carnival. Ascribed to this epoch, the adventures of the atypical Venetian writer Giacomo Casanova, considered to be the greatest exponent of seduction.

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