Brasilian Carnival, or “carnaval” in Portuguese, is a time of high-spirited celebrations. About forty days before Easter, offices and shops close down for days of festivities that spring across major coastal cities of the country. As summer reaches its peak in Brasil, parties often spread out to the beach and last all day and night.
Though also widely celebrated in the cities of Olinda and Salvador, Rio de Janeiro has long been considered the Carnival capital of the world, specifically in the southern part of the city, Zona Sul. Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon are prime beaches perfect for experiencing the energy and revelry of Carnival. Samba parades and block parties abound, each representing a different neighborhood theme. The Gala Ball in Scala and Cordão do Bola Preta are downtown bashes sure to attract both locals and tourists, alike.
This year, Brasilian Carnival starts Saturday, February 18th and ends Fat Tuesday, February 21st. Designer Paula Hermanny is in Brasil and will be partaking in the high summer festivities. Make sure to check back next week for a peek into Carnival with Paula!