Tag Archives: samba

Fun facts about Rio de Janeiro

Fun Fact #1 Portuguese explorers first encountered the island on January 1, 1502, hence the name Rio de Janeiro means River of January Fun Fact #2 Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city. Sao Paulo is the first. Fun Fact #3 Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries from 1763 to 1960 […]

Rio Carnival – Sambadrome 2012

The other night a friend of mine asked how Brazil’s Carnival began and I must admit I was a little embarrassed that I didn’t know the full story (especially since I have attended the past 2 years and write about it).  Here is how it all began: The origin of Brazil’s carnival goes back to […]

MUST WATCH VIDEO: Carnaval ‘Slinky Time’

Carnaval is one of the most exciting times to be in Rio de Janeiro, and I was fortunate enough to go to the Sambadromo (place where the real action takes place, floats, costumes- the real deal) this year.  At the Sambadromo, each school starts its march with a performance and Unidos da Tijuca totally nailed […]

Carnival Sambadrome – Part 2: Parade, Floats, Costumes & Bunda’s ;)

Some background for those who haven’t been to or seen Brazilian Carnival: There are 100’s of samba schools, but they get narrowed down to a final 6 (each themed of course).  There were 6 schools for us to see; each school has 8 floats, a Queen, a number of other very sexy dressed samba dancing […]

Carnival Sambadrome Part 1- Preparations & the Box

When you see carnival on TV, you see that there are the grand stands (stadium style) and then there are private boxes… those boxes.. you cannot pay for, you can only be invited to get in them (a family friend was kind enough to invite us!) and once you are invited in, it is an […]