Festivals in Rio de Janeiro

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Carnival at Sambodromo

Carnival at Sambodromo

Donald Harkema

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New Year's Eve Celebration

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The Copacabana beach is also is home to Rio's famous New Year's celebration. It attracts over 2 million people from all over the world! Following a local tradition, most people dress in white for good luck. Offering a white flower to Yemanjá, the goddess of the seas, is also a part of the ritual. The exquisite fireworks festival starts at midnight, lasting almost a half hour. With white sand and waters that are never rough, this is also a very popular beach for sunbathing. During the summer international championships of beach soccer, volleyball and other sports are promoted in more..

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Carnival 2009

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Carnival at Sambodromo
Carnival at Sambodromo
photo by: Donald Harkema

Carnival in Rio is the only real Carnival. Everybody is out dancing in the streets. Participants plan (and save up for) their colorful exquisite costumes for a year (though some costumes seem to be little more than glitter and one or two sequins). The best costumes can be seen on Sunday and Monday of Carnival week in the specially constructed SAMBÓDROMO(in downtown -- subway station Praça Onze). The shows start at 8 pm and continue until 8 am! Buy your tickets well in advance. Carnival is a must—at least once in a lifetime.

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