Packages are still available, but the sites are clogged..so be patient! You know you have always wanted to go see CARNIVAL RIO ~ Mardi Gras (in Fabulous New Orleans style) on Steroids! Remember at Carnival in Rio de Janerio, almost anything goes at this Huge Celebration before Lent begins. Whoo Hoo! Let's go!
To find a list of events, dates, etc., we had to go to the UK, as Rio's sites are just too, too busy to load! So here you go from the Telegraph:
Rio Carnival 2014: details and guide
The Rio Carnival 2014 will take place from February 28 to March 4. Our expert introduces the best samba schools and street parties and offers tips on finding glitter for your costume!
From February 28 to March 4, Carnaval is an annual pre-Lent blowout, with four days of parading and street parties bringing Rio de Janeiro to a shimmying crescendo of music and dancing. All over Brazil the formula is followed to varying degrees of feathery flamboyance, but no other city comes close to Rio in terms of investing the time, effort and money. It’s not for nothing that locals modestly call Rio’s Carnaval “The Greatest Show on Earth”.
The drums, dancing and immaculate costumes that fill the Oscar Niemeyer-designed, 75,000-seater sambódromo might be the focus of the action, but the samba school practices begin months in advance. The first of some 450 official blocos, where bands of musicians lead tens of thousands of revellers on a merry dance throughout the city streets, set off at the start of February.
But Rio is not the only place hopping before the High Holy Days begin. While it is pre-Lent for Rio, in Israel, the High Holy Days of Purim preceding The Fast of Esther, are cause for Celebration. Check out Carnival Israel (where we are shipping many costumes daily). It is actually officially called Purim Festival, and joyful celebrating is everywhere!
All of which adds up to an exotic, chaotic and wild ride, and even though a great many Rio locals give in to the urge to flee the city for the week, for the game visitor and carnival veteran alike, it doesn’t disappoint. ...more
Here is what Wikipedia says about Purim:
Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים (help·info) Pûrîm "lots", from the word pur פור, related to Akkadian pūru) is a Jewish holidaythat commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them. The story is recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther (Megillat Ester מגילת אסתר in Hebrew).
According to the Book of Esther, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I of Persia]]), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Esther who had risen to become Queen of Persia. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing. ...more
What are Precious Princesses in Israel wearing this Purim? Many will be wearing Pink Asian Princess or Magical Blue Mermaid costumes from Bootsie's (my sisters' Addoway store).
Our deepest gratitude goes to our fabulous customers there, expecially Josh and Galit, who kindly got the wrong costumes that they received to the right Princess, in time for Purim!! Thank you, Josh and Galit!