Carnaval: Shirts and Dignity Optional
By Alvaro Tassano, Sales Analyst at InterConnecta
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Streets closed, the smell of Cachaça and coconut water saturates the air, your eyes can barely keep up at the sight of beautiful people dressed in all sorts of crazy outfits, parading through the roads. Pirates, Vikings, gypsies, fairies, smurf, doctors, and nuns all come out to play. All dancing to the continuous viscous beat of the drums. I stand there shirtless with a bowtie and turn right to see two men dressed as KoopaTroopas waiting for the next bus, a group of purple fairies buzz through in their skimpy clothing. I look back and spot a group of Spartans chasing some promiscuous nuns down the street. That’s when it hits me: Its only 11am and I’m already drunk.
It all started with the music, from childhood, its alluring smoothness intrigued me. As I got older and I saw photos of its exotic white beaches decorated with beautiful shades of green backdrops, it became my synonym of paradise. The sensual beauty of its residents became apparent to me a teenager farther pushing me to one day visiting this wonderful place. Ever since I could remember I’ve had a fascination with Brazil.
When I was asked to write this blog describing my experience in Rio de Janeiro I was both exited and frustrated because I knew no words, exaggerations or clever metaphors could properly depict the pulse and frenzy that is Rio in the middle of Carnavals.
If you don’t like rubbing up against strangers, Rio is not for you. If you’re timid about making a fool of yourself Rio isn’t for you. If you’re always worried about messing up your hair, Rio isn’t going to be for you. If you don’t like dancing, there is definitely not going to be a lot for you to do. If you’re hesitant to talk to strangers, Rio might not be the best place. If you don’t enjoy the hot steamy sun, don’t even try it. If you’re not into beautiful people, go somewhere else. If you’re bothered by the sound of thumping drums, you’ll get annoyed. If you don’t think you can balance your glass of caipirinha avoid the beer thrown your way while at the same type keeping up with the beautiful Carioca dancing samaba in front of you then DON’T COME!
Everyone in their life time has to come out to Carnaval in Rio at least once; I’m still recuperating from this life experience, and I thank InterConnecta for giving me the time to experience it.
I gave up trying to explain and put in to words the rush and thrills. If you really want to know how Carnaval is you’re going to have go see for yourself.