Category Archives: World’s Greatest Festivals

Carnival Brazil 2011, View From Camarote Azul…Amazing View!!!

Carnival Rio de Janeiro. Rio’s lavish carnival is one of the world’s most famous. Scores of spectacular floats surrounded by thousands and thousands of dancers, singers, and drummers parade through the enormous Sambódromo Stadium dressed in elaborate costumes (or, quite often, with absolutely no costume.) It is an epic event televised around the world. The origin of Brazil’s carnival goes back to a Portuguese pre-lent festivity called “entrudo”, a chaotic event where participants threw mud, water, and food at each other in a street event that often led to riots (an event quite similar to today’s Andean carnival – see Venezuelan section of this booklet). Rio’s first masquerade carnival ball (set to polkas and waltzes) was in 1840. Carnival street parades followed a decade later with horse drawn floats and military bands. The sound closely associated with the Brazilian carnival, the samba, wasn’t part of carnival until 1917. The samba is a mix of Angolan semba, European polka, African batuques, with touches of Cuban habanera and other styles. What we now know as samba is a result of the arrival of black Brazilians (primarily from Bahia) to the impoverished slums or favelas surrounding Rio following the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888. Today the carnival is organized by the escolas de samba (samba schools). They first appeared in 1928. Much more than musical groups, they are in fact, neighborhood associations that provide a variety of community needs (such as educational and health care resources) in a country with grinding poverty and no social safety net.
Carnival Salvador da Bahia. Salvador da Bahia was Brazil’s first center of government (from 1549 to 1763), and remains its musical capital. For centuries, Bahia was home of the Portuguese sugar industry and slave trade. As a result, today Salvador is the largest center of African culture in the Americas. Amidst the colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, there is an unmistakeable beat of Bahian drumming. You can hear it in the stereo speakers and boomboxes blasting the latest Axê pop music. It becomes overwhelming when the large percussion ensembles (with literally hundreds of drummers) called “blocos Afros” take to the streets for carnival. It was a movement launched a half century ago by the group, Filhos de Gandhi (Sons of Gandhi). Today, there are countless blocos Afros that have taken on a new mission as part of the “negritude” movement to re-establish Black Pride. Olodum, Ara Ketu, Ilê Aiyé, Timbalada and the all women’s drumming mega-group Dida all electrify Salvador every February during carnival. Olodum’s Billy Arquimimo explains, “We started Olodum 20 years ago because at that time, black people used to be ashamed of their skin. We thought it was necessary to do something to re-establish Black Pride, and to redevelop African culture here in Bahia.” Like Rio, the city of Salvador is famous for its carnival. For both cities, it is an enormous festival leading up to Lent. That is where the similarities end. Rio is famous for its Samba schools, elaborate costumes (or at times no costumes), and a huge parade held at the Sambódromo Stadium. Salvador is Brazil’s street carnival. It lasts for weeks. The music begins daily as early as noon and runs until 7 or 8 the next morning…carnival brazil 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, Carnival Salvador Bahia, Mocidade Independente, timbalada, thatiana pagung, Ivete Sangalo, Mocidade Independente, WorldTraveler, Rio Carnival 2010 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, carnival rio de janeiro brazil carnaval samba mangueira brasil parade desfile tourism travel

Rio “2011 Carnival Queen” Constest: Pure Brazilian Samba Dancing: I Like it The Official Rio Carnival Queen and Momo King contest has become an important calendar event in Rio. Yesterday, Nov. 18 Bianca Ferreira was elected Rio 2011 Carnival Queen with 2 Princess & King to represent Rio´s magical Carnaval.

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Brazilian Carnaval – Rio de Janeiro

This is a small sample of the Carnaval samba parade in Rio de Janeiro. It covers one out of the 14 parades to happen during two days and flashes of some of the other 13 parades.

I would love to upload an HD version of this video but youtube doesn’t allow it without losing its view count and comments. So maybe in the future when they allow such feature, I’ll do it.

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Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival 2010 – Day #3 – Finals

Third day and finals of 2010 SCKSF at the world-renowned Steamer Lane point break in Santa Cruz. The 24th Annual Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival, the contest that has changed the world of kayaking. The event has yet again attracted the best athletes this planet has in Surf Kayaking and the new sport of Stand-up surfing. The reason, this event started the concept of international surf kayaking and thereby continues to be the leader in producing revolutionary designs that alter the conception of what kayaks do on the water. The venue, Steamer Lane, the symbol of Surf City Santa Cruz, is revered by all as one of the ultimate waves for paddle powered surfing on earth. It is the contest that sets the level that paddle surfing for the world.