Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Fran Petty
Rio s Mardi Grad carnival is famed not only for its brilliant parades but its street parties the biggest of which is held on Cinelândia Square brimming with acclaimed orchestras and singers for people to dance the night away. The elaborate parades staged by the city s major samba schools in the Sambadrome are world famous. Parading in the Sambadrome runs over four entire nights and is part of an official competition divided into seven divisions in which a single samba school is declared that year s winner. As well as the five main parades visitors can enjoy the Carnival balls held around the city including the famous Magic Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel which requires guests to wear black tie or a luxury costume and often a number of international and local VIPs are in attendance.
Beginning two weeks before Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day there is at least one parade daily. It is during these parades that the beads or throws are primarily used. The New Orleans parades are organized by Krewes which are member sponsored communities. During the course of the parade the krewe members toss out a number of different types of throws such as beads doubloons cups and stuffed animals or small toys. Make sure you bring a large bag pillow case or any other sturdy container to bring your "catch" home in. Prior to the 1960 s the beads were made from glass; however they are currently being made from plastic.
You do not want to spoil the carnival by ordering food that is bland or tasteless. So be sure to check and taste before you place your order. The other important thing is you need to buy and stock gifts to be given to children and guests. Select the appropriate gifts and then wrap them up in decorative papers. The host needs to bear in mind to keep up the spirits during the carnival. It is also advisable to stock yourself up with some bright colors or body paint as this is a usual custom during mardi gras to paint others in all sorts of colors and patterns. Care should be taken to use skin friendly colors for this purpose.