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Rio Samba Schools are Presenting 2018 Songs

The Rio Samba Schools are choosing their 2018 songs as we speak. Following are the top contenders for use in Carnival by Salgueiro, winners of the highly-coveted 1963, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1993, and 2009 Best Samba School awards.



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Almost Time For Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro

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Blame it On Rio 4 Travel Robbed Twice

Blame it on Rio 4 Travel has been a Copacabana mainstay for over a decade. They have recently endured two robberies and say they have no working capital.

Here is a video posted by the owner, Bobby, requesting financial help from loyal customers and friends.

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Watch Black Orpheus, the film that introduced Brazil’s Carnival to the World!

Carnival begins next week. Time to get excited. Nothing can do that like watching Black Orpheus, the 1959 Academy Award winning film of life in the Rio favelas where samba was born.

If this movie does not make you want to visit Brazil, then nothing will.

For anyone interested in Brazilian culture, Black Orpheus, the 1959 Academy Award winning film by Marcel Camus, is a must see. The beauty of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval is evident throughout the film. Antonio Carlos Jobim (The Girl From Ipanema), Brazil’s well-known samba composer produced the soundtrack. I have the soundtrack on my Ipod and listen to it whenever I fly to Rio.

Enjoy the movie:
Full movie

Orpheus singing Manha de Carnaval (Carnival Morning):

The famous movie ending with the boys dancing with the little girl:

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TV Rio Samba Stream

As always, we attempt to bring you articles and information on the real Brazil. We hope you enjoy the content. Check out one of our favorite channels, TV Rio Samba and its tapes of its live shows from Rio during Carnaval season. Just click the image or the link below to visit their channel.




tvriosamba on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

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2013 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro update and more 2012 Rio de Janeiro Carnaval videos in full.

As the samba schools continue to prepare for the 2013 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, let us take a look back at what happened earlier this year in the 2012 Carnaval.  For the uninitiated, Carnaval takes place Thursday-Tuesday preceding the Catholic Ash Wednesday.  Historically, Carnaval was promoted by the Church as a period of release for catholics before the days of abstinence required during Lent.

In Brazil, the samba schools practice virtually year round for this opportunity to perform before the world.  They march through the streets of their cities or in elaborate stadiums built for the event.  In Rio de Janeiro, the schools proceed down the road performing their school song in what is known as the Sambadrome, a parade ground that seats 90,000 people.  Judges decide which school will be the champion of that year’s Carnaval.  This is the highlight of many people’s lives!
Carnaval takes place in 2013 from Feb 7-12.  The events will be broadcast live on Brazilian TV.  As we have done for the last five years, the Brazil Travel Center Blog will make available exclusive online links to watch Carnival live from Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and Sao Paulo!

Rio Carnival 2013 Special Group Sambadrome Parade Schedule:

Time Feb 10 (Sunday) Feb 11 (Monday)
09:00 – 10:15 PM Innocentes de Belford Roxo São Clemente
10:05 – 11:20 PM Salgueiro Mangueira
11:10 – 11:45 PM Unidos da Tijuca Beija-Flor
12:15 – 01:05 AM União da Ilha Grande Rio
01:20 – 02:30 AM Mocidade Imperatriz
02:25 – 03:50 AM Portela Vila Isabel

This is the Sambadrome in Rio!

For now, enjoy the 2012 Carnaval videos as broadcast on live TV from Rio de Janeiro.  In 2013, you will be able to watch the broadcast live from the weblinks supplied by this blog!








Grande Rio




Vila Isabel


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Salgueiro Feijoada dinner and samba practice in Rio de Janiero, October 14, 2013

Salgueiro had its weekend feijoada dinner and samba practice (for the 2013 Carnvaval) Sunday night. For the unintiated feijoada is a Brazilian dish of rice, black beans, several meats, and spices that originated from the traditional food eaten by the slaves and the poor. Today, Brazilians eat the dish on weekends, especially on Saturdays.

Photo taken by Vivi

***All photos below taken by Alex Nunes***

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