from Photographers' Blog:

Carnival, from film to Paneikon

February 21, 2013

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

By Sergio Moraes

I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was a staff photographer at the Isto É news magazine when I was assigned for the first time to cover the Carnival parade of samba schools. The year was 1986, and I was 24.

from Photographers' Blog:

Carnival in Germany, when everything is upside down

February 22, 2012

By Kai Pfaffenbach

We Germans (at least most of us) seem to be well organized, diligent, reliable, politically correct and ready to help, even with our money. But there is one thing we Germans are prejudiced for – our lack of humor.

from Photographers' Blog:

Carnival: Photographer or reveler?

By Jose Miguel Gomez
March 31, 2011

I lived the Barranquilla Carnival for the fourth time this year, and although I found it even more elaborate than in the past there was still a lot of the chaos so typical of Colombia’s Caribbean towns. I felt apprehensive and fearful after having been robbed two years earlier in the entrance reserved for photographers. My flash was gone in an instant then, whisked from my bag in seconds. This year I arrived on a sunny day, hoping to find some new Carnival characters to photograph.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Give us a big smile, your majesty!

March 16, 2011

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Say, Blog Guy, whatever happened to that coveted position you used to write about, the Queen of the Entire World?

from FaithWorld:

Istanbul celebrates carnival after nearly 70 years

March 9, 2011

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(Istanbul celebrates carnival, 7 March 2011/all photos by Jonathan Lewis)

Istanbul’s tiny Greek community has revived an all-but-extinct tradition by celebrating Bakla Horani, an evening of carousing at the end of carnival ahead of Lent. About 300 masked, painted and costumed revelers paraded on Monday through the streets of Istanbul’s Kurtulus district, known as Tatavla when it was home to Greeks decades ago.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

There were no floats? I didn’t notice!

February 9, 2011

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Okay, it seems a large fire swept through Rio de Janeiro's Carnival center this week, "destroying thousands of costumes and floats and throwing preparations for Brazil's annual festival of hedonism into chaos."

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Don’t Basque, don’t tell…

February 7, 2011

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Blog Guy, in the past you've criticized Spain for things like bullfighting, the running of the bulls in Pamplona, and that thing where they ride horses through fire. Don't they have any normal traditions?

from FaithWorld:

Giant Jesus statue rises above Polish countryside

By Reuters Staff
November 5, 2010

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A statue of Jesus Christ that its builders say will be the largest in the world is fast rising from a Polish cabbage field and local officials hope it will become a beacon for tourists. The builders expect to attach the arms, head and crown to the robed torso in coming days, weather and cranes permitting, completing a project conceived by local Catholic priest Sylwester Zawadzki and paid for by private donations.

from FaithWorld:

Denying communion is not just for Catholic politicians

March 2, 2010

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Carnival revelers in Düsseldorf, 15 Feb 2010/Ina Fassbender

When a Catholic priest's refusal to distribute communion to someone at Mass hits the headlines, it's usually a U.S. Catholic politician supporting abortion rights who's at the non-receiving end. Things are a bit different in the Netherlands, where the headlines these days are about a small town's "carnival prince" turned away at the altar. That refusal led to gay protests at at some Sunday Masses, including the nearby cathedral, and decisions to refuse communion to everyone present.  The protesters have vowed to continue for the next seven Sundays.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Carnival: if you go, don’t plan to go

February 15, 2010

Not to seem indelicate, but I guess it's human nature to worry about having ample places to go to the bathroom. I suspect that if somebody came back to life after having seen the afterlife, our first question would be, "Are there enough toilets over there?"