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What Makes Carnaval In Panama So Spectacular

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.16.2017 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

In Panama recently, we witnessed the climax of the biggest party of the year in the country -- he weeklong bacchanal marked by around-the-clock drinking, dancing, and general debauchery known as Carnaval.

Rowdy, Raunchy, Jet-Setting Barbados Can Be More Affordable Than You Might Think

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Kathleen Peddicord

Barbados dreams are all about lapping tropical waters, swaying palm trees, and postcard-perfect arcs of white sand. The good news is that this Caribbean island lives up to the hype.

These Captivating Photos Of Carnival Show Latin America Knows How To Celebrate

The Huffington Post | Christy Havranek & Ana Benedetti | Posted 04.30.2015 | Latino Voices

A procession of colorful floats and samba dancers in Rio de Janeiro may be what comes to mind when talking about carnival, but the annual celebration ...

Cinco de Mayo: A Different Take

Khanh Ho | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Most people just don't know what Cinco de Mayo is about, beyond the fact that it is an excuse to guzzle tequila. They do not know that the event commemorates an heroic battle for the city of Puebla. Not Mexican Independence Day.

The Best Events in LA to Kick off Spring

Party Earth | Posted 04.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Party Earth

There's never a shortage of awesome events in Los Angeles, but as spring time approaches the roster of fun and exciting things to do in LA grows expon...

The Other Carnaval in Brazil

Jason Gardner | Posted 02.26.2014 | Travel
Jason Gardner

Few foreign tourists experience the folkloric festival in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, different from the stereotypical version in Rio with its glitter and bikinis and exotic headdress.

Big-Band Samba Conjures Up the Brazil of Dreams

Marty Lipp | Posted 04.23.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

There have been a few jazz-leaning samba big bands, but since 2002, Orquestra Imperial has sambaed down the fine line between reverence and hipster irony without overstepping into parody.

PHOTOS: The Best Images From Brazil's Carnival

Posted 02.13.2013 | Home

Rio Carnival: The words alone conjure images of half-naked (or some fraction greater than half) samba dancers, kaleidoscopes of color and surreal floa...

LOOK: Sneak Peek At Río De Janeiro's Carnaval

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

Vai chegar o Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro! As thousands of tourists flock south for Brazil’s famous pre-Lenten celebration, samba schools give flo...

PHOTOS: Where Brazil's Beauty And Violence Rub Elbows

Marissa Cortes | Posted 04.26.2012 | Travel
Marissa Cortes

When the sun sets here over the water's horizon, it punctures the sky with deep shades of pumpkin and gold.

The Independent Traveler's Guide To Carnival

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.04.2012 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Arguably the greatest party on the planet, Rio's Carnaval falls right at the top of every partier's puke bucket list. Here's how to do it right.

Writing Your Bucket List? Check Out Our 'Must-Dos'

The Huffington Post | Evan Allis | Posted 12.24.2011 | Fifty

In 1935, as he lay dying from an assassin's bullet at the age of 42, Senator Huey Long whispered his final words on the steps of a Louisiana courthous...

Things President Obama's Briefing Papers Can't Tell Him About Brazil

Marilia Duffles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Marilia Duffles

As you land in Rio de Janeiro with its magnificent mountains rising from the ocean, you may think you're landing in Honolulu. Next you will notice that Brazilians are truly happy.

Carnaval in Rio: How to Have Fun and Not Get Mugged

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris McGowan

Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro is bigger and better than ever in 2010, with the street celebrations having surged in popularity over the last ten years an...

Deviled Dancers, Drunken Pilgrimages and the Magic of Bolivia's Carnaval

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathaniel Loewentheil

Though the season's liberal spirits are in the air for many weeks, Carnaval starts in earnest on the first Thursday in February, designated as "Compadres" - technically "godfather" but here closer to "drinking buddies."

Rio's Carnaval: A Long-Awaited Victory, Record Heat, and a Revived Street Scene

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris McGowan

Imagine the water, soft drinks, and beer consumed by 2.5 million people in the streets partying during a record heat wave with stifling humidity, and then think of the pressing need for rest rooms.

Rio's 2010 Carnaval Kicks Off Amidst Heat, Optimism & Controversy

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris McGowan

Amidst all the craziness and frivolity, Carnaval serves the important purpose for Brazilians of maintaining the cultural traditions encoded in the music, dance, and costumes across the country.

Julia Lira, Child Carnival Queen, Cries During First Samba Parade In Rio

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

(AP) RIO DE JANEIRO - She was cheered by legions of Carnival fans, but 7-year-old Julia Lira, the youngest drum corps queen in memory at Rio's lavish ...

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.