Rio de Janeiro Carnival
JUST WAIT WHILE WE GRAB OUR BEDAZZLED FEATHER HEADDRESS.
That’s the spirit. There’s nothing for it but to throw yourself wholeheartedly into the hedonism that is the world’s biggest, brightest, loudest carnival street party.
THESE BRAZILIANS CERTAINLY KNOW HOW TO PARTY.
So much so that the prospect of 40 days of good behaviour over Lent sends locals into a last-ditch party planning frenzy. Before everyone is expected to better themselves, they let it all hang out with music, massive parades, lots of drinking and non-stop dancing.
CAN WE GET INVOLVED EVEN IF WE CAN’T CARRY OFF THE WHOLE FEATHERED-BIKINI LOOK?
So long as you’re prepared to move to a samba beat, no one is going to stop you. Most visitors join in on a bloco (street party) where a band of drummers leads people through the streets in a non-stop dance off. You may be asked to colourcoordinate your t-shirt but won’t be required to strip down to next to nothing. Be warned, however: the music may make you do things you never dreamed of. Anything goes.