Carmelitas

 

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Another Carnaval comes and goes.

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This is the Carmelitas bloco in Santa Teresa.

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Carmelitas has been paying homage to a nun’s convent in the Santa Teresa neighborhood since 1991.

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Legend has it, one of the nuns jumped over the convent wall during Carnaval and mixed with the revelers.

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Maybe even with these dudes!

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Or this wild man!

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Or this artiste.

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Carmelitas parades twice during Carnaval. Once running with the nun, and once to bring her back. I forget which one this was.

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Operation Dry Law” balloons encouraging you to “collaborate” and not drink and drive.  So we are walking!

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The trolley with a tear is the neighborhood symbol of identity in Santa Teresa.

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The rallying cry is, “Where’s our bonde?” (CADÊ O BONDINHO?)

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For 100 years, trolleys ran up the steep hill into the Santa Teresa neighborhood, until an accident in 2011 killed 7 people.

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Three years later, there is still no bonde in Santa Teresa. And the neighbors want it back.

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It’s been so long, people are stealing parts from the warehouse the historic are being stored in.

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So activist group Meu Rio set up a webcam to monitor the warehouse, and so far 2,747 neighbors have signed up to keep watch.

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That is what you call community. Love you Santa Teresa!!

 

Carmelitas photographed during Carnaval, 2012 in Santa Teresa.

 

MAIS CARNAVAL

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  Operation Carnaval

Rio just finished throwing the biggest street party on the planet.

But will there be enough port-a-potties?? (link)

 

 

 

 

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Flying Orchestra

Flamengo Beach is about to get crazy. It’s time for the Flying Orchestra!  (link)