This morning, we continued our explorations of Rio with a "Carnaval Experience" tour. Brazilian Carnaval is an important tradition held to enjoy the last moments of indulgence before the beginning of lent. During the festival colossal parades are held for the public’s entertainment. Music is the centerpiece of the display with an emphasis on rhythm and percussion that rattles the ground beneath the feet of spectators. People dawn costumes in a variety of colorful hues and t-shirts that represent their neighborhoods.
We visited the warehouses where the floats and costumes were made to gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes to make this event possible, and why it’s so anticipated in the region.
Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch in the home of a woman who cooks in the African tradition. The slaves combined their African religion with that of their Catholic owners to create unique traditions of dance, music and food. Each dish is created in honor of one of their gods or goddesses. The experience was interesting and delicious!
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