Carnival Kids

I’ve been going to a suspiciously large number of birthday parties recently. And now that I think of it, there are a suspiciously large number birthday parties coming up in the next couple of weeks. Hmmm… all very suspicious.

Perhaps a detective would go to the calendar and look for notable events that occurred 9 months ago. I, however, prefer to look forward and remind you all that in 3 months it will be carnival!


carnival paulinho da viola

Woohoo! A pre-carnival bloco held earlier this year in honour of Paulinho da Viola‘s 70th Birthday.


So are all these birthdays really due to carnival? Is there really a big rush to the maternity wards 9 months after carnival the fun? Apparently not, according to the IBGE (The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics). In fact November and December have some of the lowest birth-rates of the year. I guess it’s just the people I hang out with (or more accurately, their parents!).


carnival father and son

Carnival – a great excuse to dress up in your favourite superhero costume.


Young kids do seem to have a great time at carnival though. Of course you need to choose your blocos sensibly – no one wants to take a kid into an overcrowded situation – but in general you only get into the really crowded areas if you make a conscious decision to ‘go in’! All the kids I’ve seen at carnival looked like they were loving every minute.


carnival kids

Hands (and flip-flops) in the air!


Carnival kid

Probably the funniest carnival kid I’ve seen. This little guy had ridiculous amounts of attitude.


Were you a carnival baby? Do you think carnival in Brazil is well suited for kids? Seeing as it is just 3 months away now, let’s dust off that incredible tilt-shift video from Carnival 2011 – this still gives me goose bumps…


 Amazing work from Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli.

4 replies
  1. Andrew Francis
    Andrew Francis says:

    I love the received wisdom that turns out to be false when you add some science (in this case a census). I also remember hearing lots of people say that there were more birthdays nine months after Carnaval but now that I think about it, no one ever had figures to back it up.

    Having said that, I wonder if the statistics have changed over the years. The government puts a lot of effort into making sure people use condoms at Carnaval (handing them out for free as well) but I guess that wasn’t the case 20 or 30 years ago.

    • tomlemes
      tomlemes says:

      Interesting! I’m pretty sure the stats that were quoted were from the latest census only, so as you say, that would only be a very recent snapshot. If I was industrious and mathematically gifted I would go back to the IBGE website, start number-crunching and produce a full analysis of monthly birth-rates over the last century. …unfortunately, back in reality, I’m quite lazy… 😉

  2. The Gritty Poet
    The Gritty Poet says:

    I wonder if the birth rate nine months following carnival decreased in comparison to years previous to the free condoms during carnival festivities policy. And if said birth rate actually dipped below those of other months which it previously surpassed.


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