Carnival Costumes

One of the things I like most about Carnaval de Rua (the free street carnival, as opposed to the paid procession at the Sambadrome) is the dressing up. And from the looks of it, I’m not the only one! Of course there are the classic costumes that show up every year (about 50% of all carnival photos will contain at least one pirate), but some people really go to town.

Today I thought I’d show you a few of the fantasias (way cooler then the English term I grew up with, ‘fancy dress’) that caught my eye this year. Let’s start off with Watermelon Man! Sure, anyone can put a watermelon on their head, but the shirt, cape and arm ‘protectors’ take this outfit up a level.

Watermelon Man

Simple, effective and, well, a bit mushy on the head I guess.


Next we get a bit naughty!

This guy, known only as Argentino (he’s Brazilian), was sporting a pretty bold variation on the more common ‘naked suits’ (see last year’s shot of John and Yoko).

Big boy carnival costume

Shocking isn’t it?


Moving swiftly on, check out Cinco’s offering – very inventive!

head on a plate

I would like to steal this idea for next year. If it started raining I guess you could just put a lid on top!


OK, I’m going out now to enjoy my last day off work, but there’s lots more to come! Next time I’ll tell you about the Google Maps Markers, the Ceará Livre Hot Tub Crew and the mid-bloco skipping contest!


4 replies
  1. Carolina
    Carolina says:

    In the U.S. Halloween falls on Oct 31 and All Saints Day on Nov 1. One year, a friend scheduled her Halloween Party on Fri Nov 1 and requested everyone show up as a Saint. Her husband did his head on a silver platter thing as St John the Baptist.


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