Cape Town - Revellers across Brazil began Carnival celebrations on Friday, taking to the streets to dance, drink cocktails and blow off steam at a time of economic angst and fury with politicians over a sprawling corruption scandal.
AP reports the world's most famous Carnival bash in Rio however opened in a strange way. After a day in silence, the city's evangelical Mayor Marcelo Crivella delayed the traditionally opulent starting ceremony until 20:30pm only to skip it with the excuse that his wife was sick. Eventually, Rio city hall put out an email saying that Carnival was "officially open."
But several so-called block parties in Rio were underway by the afternoon. Thousands of revellers danced in the 32-degree Celsius heat with high humidity, standard during the Southern Hemisphere summer.
Because Southern Hemispherians know how to party...
And while we think Rio's carnival is fine in all the right ways, we're particularly excited for when Cape Town's Amaza Ocean Odyssey Annual street carnival kicks off later in March.
Here are five things we just love about Rio and cannot wait to enjoy in a similar way on this side of the Atlantic Ocean...
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1. The costumes and floats! Tinsel, sparkles and sequence - bring your sunglasses people.
2. The delicious street food culture
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3. It's cocktail time in Rio right now. Yes please!
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4. All the sexy baes' taking selfies...
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5. Because every cool city has its outlandish characters - can you feel the urban pulse already?
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Didn't quite make it to Rio this year? Come along for the Amaza - an Ocean Odyssey Cape Town Carnival - It's sure to be a jol.
What you need to know:
When: 18 March Street Party
Where: Cape Town Fan Walk
Cost: Free for standing, Seated R300, VIP areas R1 300
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