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Monday, January 23, 2017

Rio Masks

This past summer, all eyes were on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the summer Olympics.  Rio is home to one of the largest Carnaval celebrations in the world.  Considered to be one of the biggest parties of the year, over half a million people travel to Rio each year to join in the fun. With a parade tradition dating back to the 1930s Rio is home to over 70 Samba schools.  The largest and most creative schools end up competing for cash and fame during a 2 night bonanza at Rios one of a kind carnival stadium- the sambadrome.  One of the important aspects of the celebration is the amazing costumes the samba school dancers wear.  If you watched the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics you would have noticed how the tradition of samba and carnaval were highlighted.  Fourth grade took inspiration from the amazing carnaval costumes to design their own Rio inspired masks, using collage and painted paper.

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