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The carnival in Brazil

The famous Brazilian Carnival is a celebration that takes place in February each year. The most recognized is the one done in the "zambódromo" Rio de Janeiro, although it can be seen in cities across the country. It has some variations with its European counterpart and also differences over the Brazilian territory.

In the late nineteenth century, cordões ("loops" in Portuguese) were introduced in Rio de Janeiro and consisted of groups of people walking through the streets playing music and dancing. The cordões were the ancestors of modern samba schools.

The blocos (blocks), another name for cordões are some current popular representations of carnival in Brazil. They consist of groups of people (scolas) who dress with beautiful costumes that match a certain allegorical theme, usually social or political. The samba schools are real organizations working throughout the year in order to prepare for the carnival parade.

The main celebration takes place in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where the samba schools, blocks and bands occupy entire neighborhoods. Some of them are:

In Rio de Janeiro: Mangueira, Portela, Salgueiro, Beija-Flor, Imperatriz, Império Serrano, Vibrant, União da Ilha, Estacio de Sa, do Viradouro States.

In São Paulo: Nene de Vila Matilde, Vai - Vai, Mocidade Alegre, Green Shirt and Branco, Rosas de Ouro, do Peruche States, Leandro de Itaquera, X-9 Paulistana, Baroque da Zona Sul

In the state of Bahia is celebrated another kind of carnival called trios are used electric trucks that are fitted with large speakers and a platform where musicians play different rhythms, mainly ax. Some of the most popular Bahian grown ax and samba are Ivete Sangalo, Cláudia Leitte, Chiclete com Banana and besides the capital, Salvador, another city in the state of Bahia which emerged ax musicians and is the best place to be in Carnival, which is more to freedom.

Amazon Carnival is an annual festival held in July in the city of Parintis and starred for two main blocks: Garantido and Capricious. It is based on local folk elements and indigenous culture.
This celebration was unknown to most Brazilians until 1996, when a band called Carrapicho introduced Tic Tic Tac success. This song is used so far in the traditional carnival to celebrate the culture of the north.


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