Carnaval in Rio

Peter Gasper Lights the Sambadrome

The most exciting time of the year in Brazil is during Carnaval, the popular pre-Lenten celebration when the entire country explodes with dancing in the streets, sumptuous costume balls, and colorful parades. In Rio de Janeiro, one highlight of the Carnaval celebration is the samba school competition in the Sambadrome on Marquês de Sapucaí Avenue. Each of 16 schools, from the traditional Mangueira School to the more daring Beija Flor, presents a

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