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Lifestyle 33 bizarre and wonderful things about Brazil I wish I'd known before going to Rio Carnival

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Rio Carnival is known for debauchery, alcohol, fancy dress, dancing, and kissing. It involves very early starts, long days, and a lot of stamina.

While most outside media coverage focuses on the glitzy Sambadrome where the samba schools parade and everyone is dressed in frisky feathered outfits, there's a lot more to it than that.

I did my first carnival in 2010, and have been back for more since.

I've learned that the Carioca — a term used to refer to someone from Rio — culture is actually very particular, and if you're thinking of travelling there to join in the celebrations it's worth knowing a thing or two about it beforehand.

Scroll down for 33 things I wished I'd known before doing my first Rio Carnival.

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