Carnival in Brazil Goes Online

SAO PAULO (03/06/2000) - Can't make it to Brazil for Carnival this year? By going online, you can see how much fun people are having at the country's most popular and world-renowned party, and get some cultural background on the event -- thanks to some major Web sites in the country.

The sites offer broadcasts of parties as well as cultural and historical background on the celebration, which is a period of merry-making right before the 40-day Lenten period starting Wednesday and lasting until the Catholic observance of Easter. (The related holiday of Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," is tomorrow, a day which marks the culmination of Carnival.) Universo Online (, Terra (, America Online Inc.

( and other large portals are putting resources into special Carnival pages, but smaller sites are also using their creativity to put a unique twist to online festivities. Take a look below at the selection of Brazilian sites that will allow people from other countries to enjoy the party.

But you may want to grab a bilingual dictionary -- the text part of the offerings is in Portuguese!

--Planeta Vida; this healthcare site brings its own special content to the party. Take a look at the special diet -- ideal for those who want energy to party every day -- and the Spa Carnival, with tips to get thinner while having fun. And for those partygoers who need to be reminded, it also has a page that offers information on the risks of sexually transmissible illnesses, such as AIDS, and use of condoms.; this site checks out the party from two locations, Olinda and Rio de Janeiro, both with a transmission link of 2M bps (bits per second). The party in Olinda will be transmitted directly from the house of the singer Alceu Valença. The transmission goes until Wednesday. On tap: a lot of frevo, maracatu and chats with Alceu's guests. From Rio de Janeiro, Zip.Net will be transmitting a show with Skank, Leci Brandão, Ivo Meirelles and Funk'N'Lata.

Internet users will be able to participate in daily chats with celebrities, as well as get exclusive interviews and news on what is happening. Anhembi; this is the city of São Paulo's tourism and events company.

Because it is the promoter of the Carnival in São Paulo, the company gives special prominence to Carnival 2000, stuffing its Web site with content on the event, information about the schedules of the parades, prices and locations of ticket booths for party events.; the biggest Brazilian ISP will put online parties in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, with pictures, chats with guests and commentary from the well-known journalist José Simão. In Rio de Janeiro, the site will have computers with Webcams installed to transmit the Carioca party live.; it offers the lyrics of songs in the samba style of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In addition, it has a variety of other services including links to sites with weather forecasts and a hotel guide. The site offers content about the party in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Recife, São Paulo, Porto Seguro, Ouro Preto, Natal, Porto Alegre, Salvador and Florianópolis.; the best of StarMedia's content will be live transmission of Carnival in Salvador, and chats with invited personalities. Users will be able to find out about the various styles of samba, and also to see pictures, get a history of the parades, inspect maps of the sambódromos (where the party takes place) and get a variety of other tips that help partygoers enjoy the festivities.; America Online Brazil, the first affiliate of the ISP in Latin America, will show live transmissions of parades and parties. It will also present news flashes and transmissions of the parties in other cities such as Ouro Preto (MG), São João Del Rey (MG), Porto seguro (BA), Guarapari (ES), Florianópolis (SC) and Fortaleza (CE). The Carnival area in the site will be available with the key word "carnaval."

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