Bigger Than Life Itself: Rio de Janeiro Carnival 2010

Life is the one and there are some things in life that everybody must try! And Rio de Janeiro Carnival is one of them! The biggest party on the planet!

A reveller of the Beija Flor samba school performs at the Sambadrome during the first night of Rio de Janeiro's famed carnival parades.

Life is the one and there are some things in life that everybody must try! And Rio de Janeiro Carnival is one of them! The biggest party on the planet! An estimated 730,000 foreign tourists, many fleeing snowy winter conditions in Europe and the United States, traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for this year’s celebrations.

The whole year a whole nation is trying to this wonder of the world culture is better than the previous one and the tradition of this magnificent event several times larger and longer than life itself!

Carnival is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival Capital of the World. The Rio Carnival is not only the biggest Carnival, it as also a benchmark against which every other carnival is compared and one of the most interesting artistic events on the Globe.

One of the greatest elements of the Rio Carnival is that it not only provides entertainment for many people around the world but it also gives a chance to learn about the true culture of Brazil. Carnival is very important to the Brazilians, it sums up their culture. As the parade is taking place in the Sambadrome and the balls are being held in the Copacabana Palace and beach, many of the carnival participants are at other locations. Street festivals are very common during carnival and are highly populated by the locals. Elegance and extravagance are usually left behind, but music and dancing are still extremely common. Anyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals.

Encorporated into every aspect of the Rio carnival are dancing and music. The most famous dance is the samba, an African dance brought over by the slaves. The samba was created by the African slaves mixing with the choros, street bands, of Brazil. The samba remains a popular dance not only in carnival but in the ghetto villages outside of the main cities.

Collected here are a handful of images from the first night of the carnival parades in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 14th, 2010. [Rio-Carnival via Boston and Telegraph]

Members of the Uniao da Ilha do Governador samba school perform atop their float at the Sambodrome in Brazil on February 14, 2010. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman in a blue, bejewelled illuminated costume performs with the Beija Flor samba school.

A member of the Beija Flor samba school performs on a float.

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