Feb 1, 2010

Soule Restaurant: Spotlight on BRAZIL

It’s been said that Trinidad Carnival is second only to Brazil, which sets the standard for Carnival celebrations worldwide!

Unlike Trinidad’s Soca-focused festivities, Brazil is famous for its themed Samba and Rumba performances, performed in colorful, elaborate costumes.

The Rio de Janiero Carnival can be viewed from the streets or in the Sambodrome, a huge arena that seats about 100,000 people. In the streets, you can join in on the dancing to the beat of huge drums, said to have originated in Africa, bought to Brazil with the slave trade.

Brazil’s population includes a racial mix of 54% white, 38% mixed, and 6.2% black.

The country is slightly smaller than the U.S., and shares the boundaries of every South American country except Ecuador and Chile.

Nudity is not allowed in the Carnival floats; however, paint is considered an appropriate cover.

With exploding rhythms, colors, magnificent floats, and samba beats, Brazil’s Carnival is second to none!

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