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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rio Carnival 2008

I was able to get my hands on a Brazilian Carnival Magazine called "Manchete", albeit it is written in Portuguese, the images of Rio's Carnival needed no translation. Since I have been following the progression of Rio's Carnival as I am on the mailing list for email updates and looked at many of the costume options when they became available in December, the final production was very interesting to see. The scale of the parade in the sambadromo is overwhelming, and so organized that you can truly see the beauty of the floats and heavily detailed, ornate costuming.

It was nice to see photographs of the kids on parade, since I cannot recall ever seeing children participating in the Carnival. Of course the magazine was also filled with many bare breasted and almost naked Samba girls, who have upped the ante on costuming. If anyone wants to say Trinidad copies Rio, I think we are years behind when it comes to the detail, material and skimpiness of their costumes, in addition I do think that our "bikini and beads" are still different in design, though some do ape Rio, take Kingfisher and Lady of the Lake frontline costumes for instance, I saw nothing resembling those costumes in Rio Mas. Anyway, I hope you enjoy some shots from the magazine and for a link to more Rio Carnival photos you can check here. (thanks DeeDeeBee!)

Kids on Parade

Young Samba Girl!


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