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Ipanema Carnival street party.

October 7, 2013 by David Herd

Ipanema Carnival madness.Ipanema Carnival

Ipanema Carnival street party was one of the best nights in my life with my friend Dave Wylie. There was a “bloco” going on in front of the restaurant.  A “bloco” is a block party during carnival.  There are hundreds of them just in Rio. They are organized by local Carnival groups and the best ones move up the food chain of blocks to become the big samba schools that put on the big Carnival parades each year that Rio is famous for. We had a window table at “Garota de Ipanema” with of course means “The Girl from Ipanema”, and this is the exact spot the song was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel.

Here is a great version of the classic song.

Garota de Ipanema.Garota de Ipanema

During a recording session in New York with João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz, the idea of cutting an English-language version came up. João’s wife, Astrud Gilberto, was the only one of the Brazilians who could speak English well and was chosen to sing. Her voice, without trained singer mannerisms, proved a perfect fit for the song.

The song was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (now Helô Pinheiro), a seventeen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in the fashionable Ipanema district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Daily, she would stroll past the popular Veloso bar-café, not just to the beach (“each day when she walks to the sea”), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles.

In the winter of 1962, the composers watched the girl pass by the bar, and it is easy to imagine why they noticed her—Helô was a 173-cm (five-foot eight-inch) brunette, and she attracted the attention of many of the bar patrons. Since the song became popular, she has become a celebrity.

He should have shaved his legs.Ipanema Carnival

The is nothing wrong with the frock but surely he should have shaved his legs? There are so many characters and weird outfits to photograph, as you can see.

Smile, you are on candid camera.Ipanema Carnival

So many funny sights at Ipanema.

Talking about characters.Ipanema Carnival Rio

This crazy guy was so funny, he was absolutely smashed and spoke to Dave Wylie who is fluent in Portuguese, he said “Voce sabe quem eu sou?” (do you know who I am?”) “Eu sou o deus de dor da cabesa”) (I am the God of Headaches”).

So many happy faces.Ipanema Carnival

The joy and happiness Brazilians feel at Ipanema Carnival time is an experience not to be missed. Just check out the smiling faces, these people really know how to party. I saw two Carnivals at the famous Sambadrome, however I had the most fun at the street party at Ipanema.

Everyone is your friend at Carnival.

Ipanema Carnival No one parties like a Brazilian, and when it is Carnival time they take it to an art form.

My friend Sudzi

David Herd Thailand Sudzi went to the Samadrome and had his camera stolen in the crowd, he cheered up when he joined us at Ipanema.

Princesses & pirates.Party time at Ipanema

Huge smiles everywhere.

Another Brazilian Princess.Beautiful Brazilian girl

Talking about smiles, this one is a knock-out. 🙂

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Partying gives you an appetite.Rare beef for dinner

One of the restaurants specialities is rare roast beef, absolutely delicious when washed down with a nice red wine.

David Herd & Dave Wylie in Ipanema.David Herd & Dave Wylie

Here I am with my good friend Dave Wylie at our window table at Garota de Ipanema. All night the action was all around us as you can see from the photos. As I said earlier Ipanema Carnival it was one of the best and most memorable nights of my life. Another equally memorable night was 4 weeks earlier, New Years Eve on Copacabana, simply awesome.

This is the best photo.The best photo of the night

I took a number of shots of this great scene, but the photo of the night is this taken by Dave Wylie, it just captures the mood beautifully.

Pretty little outfit.Ipanema Carnival

Anything goes at Carnival time.

Street kids in IpanemaIpanema Carnival

So many wonderful smiling faces in Rio, especially at Carnival time.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer Cocovado Any post on Rio should include this wonderful iconic statue.  Christ the Redeemer, Portuguese Cristo Redentor,  Christ the Redeemer [Credit: © sfmthd/Fotolia]

colossal statue of Jesus Christ at the summit of  Mount Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil. It was completed in 1931 and stands 98 feet (30 metres) tall, its horizontally outstretched arms spanning 92 feet (28 meters). The statue, made of reinforced concrete clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular soapstone tiles, sits on a square stone pedestal base about 26 feet (8 metres) high, which itself is situated on a deck atop the mountain’s summit. The statue is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world. Listen to corcovado by Joao Gilberto.

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