In Brazil, this is the most anticipated Friday the 13th in decades. The reason is simple: é Carnaval (it’s Carnival)!!!
Carnival celebrations vary greatly from region to region. Music, rhythm, traditions, everything changes. But one thing is similar throughout the entire country: wearing costumes or not, Brazilians love to take the streets and party day and night for at least for 4 consecutive days.
Street Carnival plays a major role in Rio, where I’m from. Most of the parades start either in the morning (and yes, people drink even before 10am) or late afternoon and shut down main streets in several neighborhoods. So if you are planning to drive during Carnival, make sure to check out the list of “blocos” (how Brazilians call the street Carnival groups) and their addresses.
These were the ones in 2015. Yes, the list is loooooong! And most of these parades attract thousands of people. Each one follows a specific music rhythm (i.e samba, frevo, axé and most recently even rock, funk & hip-hop). Kids and adults gather to celebrate life, dance and sing traditional songs. For foreigners the music can be a little repetitive (that’s what my husband says), but for Brazilians the lyrics are so unique and meaningful that it’s like for those days nothing else matters.