Rio De Janeiro Carnival

Biggest Carnival in The World

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  1. Carnivals have been around for centuries. Even before the discovery of the new world by Europeans, Greeks and Romans have celebrated the coming of spring with the carnival tradition.
  2. As the Europeans came to Latin America, they brought these traditions with them
  3. The carnival was a time when rigid traditions of distinct and inflexible class roles and status were not adhered too. Those in the upper class would wear the clothing of the class below them and the lower class would don attire of royalty.
  4. 1786 saw one of the more historic Carnival celebrations due to the marriage between King Dom and Princess Carlota Joaquina of Spain occuring simultaneously.
  5. The mid 19th century saw the introduction of Balls to the Carnival experience by the French. Hotel Italia in Largo Rocio hosted the first known masquerade ball. The cost of attending excluded the lower class tailoring it to the upper echelon.
  6. Today, African culture has influenced the Carnival traditions significantly. The poverty stricken black communities of Rio De Janeiro's slums are still perhaps the most active participants in Car-naval preparations and participation.
  7. Cross dressing is still a vibrant part of the carnival, taking advantage of the relaxed views of people.
  8. The Mayor of Rio starts the Carnival celebrations by handing an large silver and gold key to the city to King Momo (Fat King). This man will then give the signal for the carnival to begin once the key is in his hands. This has been kept up since 1933 and the carnival continues to grow.
  9. BRAZIL-CARNIVAL-KING MOMO-Party time in Rio as Carnival kicks off
  10. Carnival Rio de Janeiro Stunning Parade!
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