The Asakusa Carnival in Tokyo is one of the very few carnivals in Asia!. Tokyo throws a carnival celebration that cannot be missed and today the Asakusa Carnival has an attendance of about one million people!. Asakusa Samba Carnival is similar to Notting Hill Carnival in that it is not associated with carnival before the onset of Lent but is instead celebrated in August.
On Carnival 96 a major samba school used Leonardo da Vinci as the inspiration for its theme. In an effort to show all the facets of the master's work, one of the cars included a live display of Da Vinci's superb studies of the human anatomy. Putting it bluntly, the car featured a man and a woman, both stark naked, dancing in two giant vertical rings.
The beat of the drums resonates down the streets of Rio every year for three weeks. Known as one of the greatest parties on the planet, millions of people dance and celebrate to Brazilian music. By definition, it is a carnal holiday with a lack of real authority. Thieves are so common in the crowds that people have taken to buying cheap phones to take out to the street parties in case they get robbed.
It sounds like a simple request in a city known for steamy nightclubs, Bacchanalian beach parties and Carnival parades featuring nude starlets donning only a "tapa-sexo," a leaf-sized patch of fabric that serves, literally, as a sex covering. But there was a hitch in the recent casting call. In salute to a bygone era, Mocidade wanted Carnival dancers without the globular breasts and "bumbum," or buttocks, that now dominate the annual spectacle, a week-long party meant to purge sin before the Catholic season of Lent.
A samba dancer whose tiny covering came unstuck cost samba school Sao Clemente in its attempt to be named the winner of this year's carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro. Although some of the "drum queens" take raunchiness to extremes with their almost-not-there outfits, the rules state that none can appear completely naked. That stipulation cost half a point to Sao Clemente, when a samba beauty in its line-up lost her only covering: a 3.
Wearing only body paint, sequins and smiles gorgeous dancers unveil to perform at the wild Rio de Janeiro street carnival in Brazil. The beautiful Samba dancers entertained crowds at the Banda da Rua do Mercado festival - one of the famous Brazilian carnival's street parties. Locals and tourists flock to the free street parties to see the parade floats, professional dancing and glittery costumes - or the lack of them.
The highlight of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival is definitely the Samba Schools' Parade, an one of a kind event in the world. See the evaluation of a Samba School. The Rio de Janeiro Samba Parades are a glorious competition in which the points are given by judges.
The famous gala entered its second day and Rio residents -- known as cariocas -- sang irreverent songs while a 25,strong parade of samba enthusiasts danced through the streets of the world's 10th largest city. Brazil's economic problems were reflected in the difficulty in selling lower-than-normal priced tickets to Carnival's primer event, the samba exhibitions. Eight groups of dancers began the first of three nights of samba dancing in its 16 different styles at the specially built 'Sambadome' Sunday.
An Insight into the Brazilian Carnaval. Blocos can be good, bad, beautiful and ugly. Crime and violence are endemic in Brazil, as are easy-going charm, gentility and an exceptionally democratic view of body image. There are small, local blocos which might occupy nothing more than a stretch of street near your house, and massive mega-blocos covering a huge area of the city with hundreds of thousands of revellers present.