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Carnival Dates: February 25, 2022 to March 5, 2022 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro may be the mother of all Carnivals around the world. This seemingly endless festival is truly one of the people, where all social convention is dropped and the entire city stops to party for seven (or more) lost days. Many in Rio live for Carnival, practicing year-round to dance with their Samba school in the highly competitive Samba Parade, which is something akin to the Superbowl of carnival. These Samba schools began appearing in the 1920’s, but they were too expensive for everyone to take part, so in the 1930’s Carnival took to the streets. Neighborhoods  and groups joined together to create their own elaborate street parades called blocos, which unlike the samba parade, were free of charge. Thus, Carnaval da Rua, or Carnival in the Streets, was born. Today, these street parties continue on in all their splendor and excess, with some of the most popular starting at 5am, snaking through the city streets and then taking over a public square before disappearing hours later, as revelers head on to the next bloco. Rio carnival is carnival at its truest, where social norms disintegrate and “real life” is at most a distant memory.

Carnival 2022 Dates: February 25, 2022 to March 5, 2022 Carnival in Rio de Janeiro may be the mother of all Carnivals around the world. This seemingly endless festival is truly one of the people, where all social convention is dropped and the entire city stops to party for seven (or more) lost days. Many in Rio live for Carnival, practicing year-round to dance with their Samba school in the highly competitive Samba Parade, which is something akin to the Superbowl of carnival. These Samba schools began appearing in the 1920’s, but they were too expensive for everyone to take part, so in the 1930’s Carnival took to the streets. Neighborhoods  and groups joined together to create their own elaborate street parades called blocos, which unlike the samba parade, were free of charge. Thus, Carnaval da Rua, or Carnival in the Streets, was born. Today, these street parties continue on in all their splendor and excess, with some of the most popular starting at 5am, snaking through the city streets and then taking over a public square before disappearing hours later, as revelers head on to the next bloco. Rio carnival is carnival at its truest, where social norms disintegrate and “real life” is at most a distant memory.

The 2016 Summer Olympics took place in the sparkling, vibrant city of Rio, Brazil. With gentle sunshine overlooking the athletes, stunning beach-side venues, loud festivities, and a mysteriously green pool (?)- this Olympics had it all. With all the electricity and love in the air that you would expect from such a welcoming and celebratory destination- Rio reigned it in with one of the most spectacular, party-central Olympics to date.

- Rio by Duran Duran

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