Brazilian Carnaval In Paraty (1)

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Carnaval Masks

Carnaval Masks

Where else could we spend the Carnival but in Brazil?

We had decided against Rio De Janeiro, mostly because we are so spoiled because the price of the rooms was way above our budget (paying $80 for a dorm bed sounded a bit silly), and that most of the parade takes place at the Sambodromo, which we had already been to in 2002. This time, we wanted to spend Carnival the way Brazilians do: partying on the streets.

We truly did not know what to expect the first night. We walked around Paraty and admired the lights everywhere — the city looked great at night.

And then, suddenly, at midnight, we heard the first drums. A bloco had gathered on Roberto Silveira, the main avenue. A  trio-eléctrico (huge truck with speakers, a sound system and singers on top of it) was blasting cheery brazilian music and the drummers behind were setting up a rope-off area. The truck started moving, the drummers started playing and we all followed in the street of Paraty, dancing all night long to the sound of the samba of the Carnival.

Dark Streets...

Dark Streets...

And Carnaval Heads!

And Carnaval Heads!

Old Church

Old Church

By The Bridge

By The Bridge

Let´s Get The Party Started!

Let´s Get The Party Started!

Drumming Your Head Out

Drumming Your Head Out

The Crowd Is Gathering

The Crowd Is Gathering

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Interesting School Bus!

Interesting School Bus!

Rocking All Night Long

Rocking All Night Long

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13 Comments

  1. First of all: you look great!

    Second, you chose well…the “Carnaval” outside Rio is also very good! Baía, Recife and other cities around the country offer excellent music and parades!

    I am a great fan of Carnaval, and I love dancing samba!

    So, how did you like it? Did you dance?

  2. @Bill Miller – It feels awesome! Some people would think drums are just… drums. But Brazilians play them well and it was very cheery and nice!

    @Sidney – And very little sleep!

    @Max Coutinho – Dancing… well, I did move my body a bit if that´s what you mean! 😆 I wish we could have been to Bahía, but at the same time, Carnival there is a bit dangerous and crazy so I liked Paraty.

  3. Monique Giannesini on

    I’ve reconized you, ma dear, even your paintings on your face ! Carnaval seems magic and I’m very happy you could see that… Mum.

  4. @Monique Giannesini – My own mother on this blog?? My my, where is the privacy? Just kidding – je plaisante! Love you mum 😉

    @Bluefish – It´s quite an experience!

    @Seraphine – No, it doesn´t, don´t worry!

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