Here in Louisiana, we love our Carnival season,  We're not the only ones.

Carnival Bacchanal is now officially underway in Rio Des Janiero, Brazil.

Carnival opened on schedule despite a major warehou

se fire that detroyed many floats and costumes. 

(Associated Press)

"It's with much joy that I hand over command of this city to King Momo," said mayor Eduardo Paes, himself a samba dancer and percussionist who plays in the city's annual parade.

The rotund King Momo embodies Carnival, a raucous free-for-all where excesses are encouraged and the natural order of things is turned upside down: men dress as women, the poor parade as kings, rules are bent and everyone escapes their drab daily existence for a few days of catharsis.

This year's king, the crowned and costumed Milton Rodrigues, flanked by the Carnival queen and two princesses, said it was time to put aside the city's problems and focus on the joy of being a resident of this beautiful place. Much is in store for Rio, he said: the upcoming World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, and the time to start celebrating is now.

"As the king of the party, I declare the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is officially open," Rodrigues said. "Long live Rio, and long live Carnival!"

"It's with much joy that I hand over command of this city to King Momo," said mayor Eduardo Paes, himself a samba dancer and percussionist who plays in the city's annual parade.

The rotund King Momo embodies Carnival, a raucous free-for-all where excesses are encouraged and the natural order of things is turned upside down: men dress as women, the poor parade as kings, rules are bent and everyone escapes their drab daily existence for a few days of catharsis.

This year's king, the crowned and costumed Milton Rodrigues, flanked by the Carnival queen and two princesses, said it was time to put aside the city's problems and focus on the joy of being a resident of this beautiful place. Much is in store for Rio, he said: the upcoming World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, and the time to start celebrating is now.

"As the king of the party, I declare the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is officially open," Rodrigues said. "Long live Rio, and long live Carnival!"

"It's with much joy that I hand over command of this city to King Momo," said mayor Eduardo Paes, himself a samba dancer and percussionist who plays in the city's annual parade.

The rotund King Momo embodies Carnival, a raucous free-for-all where excesses are encouraged and the natural order of things is turned upside down: men dress as women, the poor parade as kings, rules are bent and everyone escapes their drab daily existence for a few days of catharsis.

This year's king, the crowned and costumed Milton Rodrigues, flanked by the Carnival queen and two princesses, said it was time to put aside the city's problems and focus on the joy of being a resident of this beautiful place. Much is in store for Rio, he said: the upcoming World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, and the time to start celebrating is now.

"As the king of the party, I declare the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro is officially open," Rodrigues said. "Long live Rio, and long live Carnival!"

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