There’s no bigger bash on Earth than Carnival in Brazil, and while Rio de Janeiro might host the best-known celebration, cities in every corner of the country party just as hard. Commemorating 40 days of sacrifice before Easter, per Catholic tradition, Carnival means packing in as much revelry and debauchery as possible before the season of solemnity begins on Ash Wednesday. In 2013, Carnival runs officially from Friday, February 8th, through Tuesday, February 12th, with parties and parades starting even earlier in many places. Wherever you are in Brazil, there’s sure to be a celebration nearby.
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