Rio is all colors and energy with the yearly Carnival.
The festivities will be a welcome break for a country as weeklong parades and block parties will replace
demonstrations and unrest that have dominated the country since last year.
The simmering antigovernment protests and the ongoing preparations for the upcoming soccer World Cup couldn’t hamper the festive environment.
In Rio de Janeiro, the home of Brazil's best-known Carnival festivities, activists have been rallying members on social media to remind revelers of the issues raised in earlier demonstrations.
However, all the Brazilians want right now is to have some fun and colors in their lives. .
Traditionally, Carnival is a final binge of sin before the austere Catholic season of Lent begins. In preparation for this year’s festivities, beer and liquor advertisements started popping up all over Rio and government workers staffed stands to hand out free condoms.
The event is taken very seriously in Brazil; so much so that many businesses close. Activity at the stock exchange in São Paulo, the country's biggest city and financial capital, halts trading during the event from Monday through mid-day Wednesday – the Carnival's traditional end.