Get Your Dancing Shoes! Carnival is Here!
Get Your Dancing Shoes! Carnival is Here!
By Grace Bastidas | 03/07/2011 - 14:00

Carnival kicked off this weekend, which means it’s time to let loose before Lent rolls around. Not that you have to be Catholic to indulge in a little church-sanctioned debauchery. Hedonists of all stripes can party at celebrations all across Latin America. Just pick your destination.

Barranquilla, Colombia


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Seven Year Old Samba Queen Stirs Controversy in Brazil
By Mariela Rosario | 02/09/2010 - 13:54

Some people are up in arms about a recent report that the Viradouro samba school has selected seven-year-old Julia Lira to be their Queen for the huge annual Carnival parade in the Sambodromo. Julia's father, Marco Lira, is the owner of the samba school and her mother, Monica Lira, is a police official. Both parents think it is totally acceptable for their daughter to take on the role, even though it is normally reserved for women in their late teens and twenties.


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Brazil to Hand Out 65 Million Condoms During Carnaval
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/17/2009 - 16:45

Rio Carnaval kicks off this Friday and the Brazilian government is boosting its efforts to keep party-goers safe—by handing out 65 million free condoms. This will be a 20 million increase over what it usually distributes every other month. The prophylactics are given to state agencies, which will then give them out at parties and events nationwide.


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