RECIFE: Testing and rehearsal for another Carnival – with new costumes on the show. You might think the Carnival in Brazil is all about bikini-women with silicon boobs..? You are completely wrong. In Recife, North East of Brazil, they exercise for the street party weeks and months ahead – perform rehearsals with dance, song, musicians and with new costumes as an important part of the pre-show. Here they leave bikini-girls for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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At a festival space next to the seafront in the district of Boa Viagem different groups meet up every Saturday and Sunday to show off their new costumes, perform a presentation and to dance to live tunes from a ten-piece Orchestra. Our pictures are from the dress rehearsal last Sunday.

It all starts  on a Saturday morning with The Galo da Madrugada, or Rooster of the Dawn, that indicate the beginning of the Carnival in Recife with everyone dancing to the frevo and samba and people dressed up, some as celebrities. Don’t be surprised to see Barack Obama waving to the crowds. Galo da Madrugada started as a private party years ago, now its two millions along the four kilometers route around the central part of Recife. Hard to believe, but they start this party at nine in the morning and keep on for five straight days and nights of festivities.

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During Carnival, Frevo, the most traditional rhythm of Pernambuco, rules. Carnival is a treat for the eyes and ears. The streets of Recife and neighboring Olinda, millions of revellers enjoy Carnival without being cordoned off, without having to pay admission and without Biases, in the most democratic street celebration in the world.

Costume. Each participant can make up his own costume, showing off all the creativity and irreverence of the Brazilian people. Besides regional rhythms, Carnival also has space for other musical expressions such as samba, reggae, ska and rock. Even original Argentine tango groups have taken part of the festivities.

Get ready. If you want to experience the Carnival spirit, be there from the start of  February – every year.

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