The Brazilian Carnival, an annual event celebrated all over Brazil, is as important to Brazilians as football. It is the most famous holiday in Brazil and has become an event of huge proportions. The country stops completely for almost a week and festivities are intense, day and night, mainly in coastal cities.
Every year a TV ad is produced that features a beautiful and almost naked young woman who dances across the screen to samba music. This year the model Aline Prado, 25, has been chosen to perform for the ad – watch her show on video below. Her modesty is maintained, just, by greasepaint and glitter. It took hours to apply the colorful coating before filming. (Last time I checked this website it wasn’t loading properly, but if you scroll down both the report and more photos of beautiful Aline appear. The text is in Portuguese.)
Would this ad appear on British TV? I doubt that very much, it would almost certainly be banned or heavily censored.
The Carnival – not just in Rio!
Rhythm, participation, and costumes vary from one region of Brazil to another. In the southeastern cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, huge organized parades are led by samba schools. Those official parades are meant to be watched by the public, while minor parades (“blocos”) allowing public participation can be found in other cities.
The northeastern cities of Salvador, Porto Seguro and Recife have organized groups parading through streets, and public interacts directly with them. This carnival is also influenced by African-Brazilian culture. It’s a six days party where crowds follow the trios elétricos through the city streets, dancing and singing. Also in northeast, Olinda carnival features unique characteristics, part influenced by Venice Carnival mixed with cultural depictions of local folklore.
The typical genres of music of brazilian carnival are, in Rio de Janeiro (and Southeast Region in general): the samba-enredo, the samba de bloco, the samba de embalo and the marchinha; in Pernambuco and Bahia (and Northeast Region in general) the main genres are: the frevo, the maracatu, the samba-reggae and Axé music.
Much of the above article was cut and pasted from Wikipedia.
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