1. Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro
Rio Carnival is considered as the biggest carnival in the world, a five day long celebration held on 40 days before Easter every year. Rio carnival is officially start on Friday and end on Fat Tuesday, day before the start of Lent. There are around 2 million people on the street of Rio de Janeiro during this carnival. Rio carnival also sum up the true culture of Brazil. People can sing, dance and have lots of fun during Rio carnival.
Samba parades are one of most important events of Rio carnival, features more than 200 Samba schools. The participants of Samba parades have to pick up specific theme, music, lyrics and costumes. Every group have to follow a specific order and to present choreographed dance in fancy costumes. Samba schools practice all year around to be succeed in parade during Rio Carnival. More than 300 street bands also participate during Rio Carnival. Each bands have their own place to parade.
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a festival held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723.
The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats, and adornments from numerous samba schools which are located in Rio. A samba school is composed of a collaboration of local neighbours that want to attend carnival together, with some kind of regional, geographical common background.
There is a special order that every school has to follow with their parade entries. Each school begins with the «comissão de frente», that is the group of people from the school that appear first. Made of ten to fifteen people, the «comissão de frente» introduces the school and sets the mood and style of their presentation. These people have choreographed dances in fancy costumes that usually tell a short story. Following the «comissão de frente» is the first float of the samba school, called «abre-alas». These are followed by the Mestre-sala and Porta-Bandeira, with one to 4 pairs, one active and 3 reserve, to lead the dancers, which include the old guard veterans and the «ala das baianas», with the bateria at the rear and sometimes a brass section and guitars.