Like for people abroad who get to know about Brazilian Carnival, we brazilians in most cities all over the country, only get to know about what is happening on TV or internet.

Most of people I know in São Paulo state don’t like playing Carnival. The ones who can take the days off usually travel to the beach, as we are in the Summer here, or just stay home resting.

I have to follow the american calendar because of my job and I’m going to work the 4 days. I’m already used to that.

But in my conference calls with my team in US they always mention what they saw on TV about our Carnival. None of them have ever been to Brazil and I’m sure they have an idea of a bunch of freaks dancing almost naked on the streets night and day, four days in a row 🙂  in every place here.

Yes, we have cities where it happens, but like any people from abroad, anyone who wants to do it has to travel and pay high prices for that.

There are many groups on the streets in some cities in the Northeast part of the country that have a big tall truck leading people [Trio Elétrico], with famous artists of Axé Music  performing on top. To follow a Trio Elétrico the ticket is the T-Shirt the group sells, called Abadá. The Abadá is the ticket to follow the Trio Elétrico with all people surrounded by a group of very big security guys that don’t allow any intruder.

It’s impossible to walk on the street when a Trio Elétrico is passing by. People can only watch from their windows at home :). In places like these it’s impossible to escape from Carnival. In most of the cities, like mine, it’s difficult to see or hear something of it n the streets.

Here are some pictures of what is going on:


– Naomi getting dressed for Ilê Ayê group [special afro drum beat group that only accepts black people] –


– Couple with their Abadás playing in some of the Trio Elétrico groups –


 –  Woo hoo! No comments needed 😉  –


2 thoughts on “Carnival

  1. Sondra Wang says:

    If I had a dollar for each time I came here… Superb post.

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