Happy Carnaval/Mardi Gras Day!

While the jet stream is parked right over the typical revelry in New Orleans, I guess only the very hearty ladies might be thinking twice about stripping in the chilly 42 degree air on Tuesday night just to catch a few purple, yellow, or green beads to wear around their necks.

At least, in very hot and sticky Rio on Tuesday is a competition of a different sort.

It is Carnaval time at the Sambadrome.

I hope to be catching bits and pieces of the festivities, but I hope the Internet connections are not either too fuzzy or too faulty just to see some of the acts.

But unlike the Super Bowl where it is one huge unofficial American holiday, Brazilians look forward to this day for months and weeks.

Sadly, when all of the schools have performed–a decision will not be made public until the very next day.  And yes, Carnaval does not end until the wee hours of the morning.  So, if you are out in Fabiana Passoni’s time zone out on the West Coast, you can still see most of the event and not stay up past midnight or 1 a.m. Pacific Time.

Personally, I don’t know how our MPB’s deal with those emotional twists and turns with each performance.  Either their school wins or they don’t.

If you are interested in a 411 about what Carnaval is, please point your browser to this link where I talk about the event and its’ place in Brazil’s culture:




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