Carnivals

A performer from the Salgueiro samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
February 13, 2018 - 4:51 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — A top samba school's use of blackface in a Carnival parade sparked debate Tuesday about depictions of race in Brazil, which is still grappling with a fraught racial legacy. The storied Salgueiro school's performance in the early hours of Tuesday featured two groups in blackface in...
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A member of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs on a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
February 12, 2018 - 10:03 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's top samba schools danced and sang hard Monday as millions of other Brazilians did the same during nationwide Carnival celebrations that ridiculed local and world leaders, called for tolerance and pushed the boundaries of just about everything. Instead of the...
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A performer from the Paraiso do Tuiuti samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 12, 2018 - 12:02 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — There are some Brazilians who probably aren't finding much to enjoy in Rio de Janeiro's colorful Carnival parades — the mayor, the governor and the president. An anti-establishment tone is echoing through this year's celebrations in Brazil. And Sunday night's parade at Rio's...
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A mud covered reveler poses for a picture during the traditional "Bloco da Lama" or "Mud Block" carnival party in Paraty, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Hundreds of revelers wrestled, tackled each other and threw chunks of gunk Saturday while shaking it to samba and reggaeton at a Carnival beach party where clothes were optional but the mud was not. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 10, 2018 - 6:11 pm
PARATY, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of revelers wrestled, tackled each other and threw chunks of gunk while shaking it to samba and reggaeton Saturday at a Carnival beach party where clothes were optional but the mud was not. The annual "Bloco da Lama," or "Mud Party," in this coastal town about a 4-...
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In this Feb. 3, 2018 photo, revelers pose for a photo during the "Simpatia e Quase Amor" street carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once a party of luxury and glamour, Brazil's most famous Carnival is increasingly being dominated by thrifty tourists more interested in free street parties than the world-famous and pricy samba school parades. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
February 09, 2018 - 7:25 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Once a party of luxury and glamour, Brazil's most famous Carnival is increasingly being dominated by thrifty tourists more interested in free street parties than the pricy samba school parades. Cariocas, as Rio de Janeiro residents are known, and tourists used to spend a lot...
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In this Feb. 2, 2018 photo, a large doll representing sea goddess Yemanja is taken to the sea from Red River Beach in Salvador, Brazil. Thousands of Brazilians have flooded the city's beaches in the northeast to pay tribute to the sea goddess and ask for her protection ahead of Carnival celebrations. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
February 08, 2018 - 12:00 am
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians flooded beaches around the northeastern city of Salvador to pay tribute to the sea goddess Yemanja and ask for her protection ahead of Carnival celebrations. Even before dawn broke, devotees dressed in white and blue clothing brought offerings to the...
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In this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 photo, people fill the street during the Bicho Maluco Beleza carnival "bloco" parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the past few years, Sao Paulo has experienced an explosion of "blocos," the singing and dancing parties normally associated with Carnival in Brazil's northeast and, more recently, Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
February 06, 2018 - 9:07 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — For Dayana Barros, Carnival always meant leaving Sao Paulo for the northeastern Brazilian city of Salvador, where she participated in its famous street parties throughout her childhood. But in the past few years, Sao Paulo has experienced an explosion of "blocos," the singing and...
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Heidi Klum, dressed as a werewolf, performs a dance from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video her 18th Annual Halloween Party at Moxy Times Square on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
November 01, 2017 - 12:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Heidi Klum morphed into a Michael Jackson-style werewolf, Neil Patrick Harris masqueraded as a carnival barker and singer Cardi B transformed into Disney villain Cruella de Vil as Hollywood kept up a tradition of elaborate costumes and lavish events to celebrate Halloween. Klum's...
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In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, transgender actress Renata Carvalho plays the role of Jesus in the play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The play in which Jesus is reimagined as a transgender woman who tells Biblical stories of tolerance has been performed more than 60 times during a tour of Brazil, but conservatives have called it offensive to Christians and petitioned courts to ban its performances. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
October 19, 2017 - 12:03 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — A couple of modern art exhibits and a play have become leading battlegrounds in a growing culture war in Brazil, a nation whose fame for barely there bikinis masks a rising trend of conservatism. Protesters waved a Brazilian flag and shouted "No! No! Not our children!" to denounce...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016 file photo, Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean talks to the press upon arrival to vote during elections in the Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Jean, a three-time Grammy winner, gave the command for drivers to start their engines at a NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
October 02, 2017 - 1:02 am
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Wyclef Jean had a song named in his honor and worked with producers on his new album who were just kids when he released his debut solo album, "The Carnival." At 47, tributes from today's hip-hop stars and a surge of young producers had Jean deciding to call it a day on "The...
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