Around Carnaval (II)

As Fat/Shrove Tuesday comes to a close, another look at some other stories from 2011’s Carnaval.

-Though Carnaval is often associated with sexuality (for better and for worse), that has not stopped religious figures from seeing its potential in spreading their own message, as evangelicals in Brazil have begun using bands and music to proselytize during the festival.

-As I mentioned here, Rio is not the only place to celebrate Carnaval in Brazil; here’s a nice article on Carnaval in other cities outside of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

-As I’ve written, even the parades in Rio are about much more than just scantily-clad women. One only need to see this picture, from the samba-school Beija-Flor, to get a sense of how much effort and production goes into the floats that also make up a major part of Carnaval.

-Of course, not all is celebration and partying during Carnaval; such a massive event takes a good amount of planning and infrastructure, including providing facilities to all those partygoers in the streets who may drink too much and suddenly find themselves full of beer and nowhere to go [ahem].

-Meanwhile, in Brazil’s former colonial , Portuguese citizens ignored the government’s efforts to impose austerity and productivity by reducing the Fat Tuesday celebrations, taking to the streets to celebrate Carnaval in spite of the troubled economy.

-Finally, here are some more collections of images from this year’s festivities in Brazil.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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