Carnival time in Latin America

Six samba schools paraded on February 7th during the first night of Grupo Especial Carnival competition in Rio de Janeiro`s Sambódromo and Barranquilla’s carnival, in Colombia, kicked off Saturday with its epic Battle of Flowers parade.

With themes ranging from São Jorge to Don Quixote to Marques de Sapucai to a celebration of the Olympic Games, six samba schools paraded in Rio de Janeiro`s Sambódromo on Sunday, February 7th, the first night of two of the 2016 Grupo Especial (Special Group) Carnival competition.

Of all popular Carnival destinations in Brazil, the festivals organized in Recife and Olinda, cities in Pernambuco (a small state in Northern Brasil), are arguably the most traditional. That said, both have their own characteristics and highlights.

In Recife, Carnival is – more than in other cities – very much music orientated; every style has its own designated area in the city. Carnival in Olinda is famous for its whopping one and a half week long 24/7 street Carnaval. Party Central is the square at the corner of Rua do Amparo and Rua Prudente

Barranquilla’s carnival, the biggest in the world after Rio de Janeiro, kicked off Saturday with its epic Battle of Flowers parade. For those of you who are not in Colombia, here’s what you missed.

The good thing is that you didn’t faint under the blistering sun that oversaw the Carnival and pushed up temperatures to excessively tropical levels.

Zika won't stop Carnival

Sobering reminders lurk as health officials hand out repellant kits in effort to prevent spread during both of Latin America’s Carnival celebrations

In Rio de Janeiro, Millions of people across the country have joined the first day of the annual carnival festivities despite concerns about the outbreak of the Zika virus.

In Recife, the city most affected by the mosquito-borne disease, more than one million people in colourful costumes have been partying.

Over a million visitors are expected in Rio de Janeiro for the carnival celebrations, which end on Wednesday morning.

In Colombia Passengers arriving to Barranquilla during Carnival have been greeted at the airport by a five-man band playing the frenetic rhythm of mapalé and cumbia.

Barranquilla’s colourful Carnival attracts tens of thousands of foreign and national visitors a year for traditional parades and parties. With a simple bite from the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the virus, many out-of-towners could take Zika home with them.

But for people going to theses Carnivals, Zika won't stop the party. After all it is Carnival

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