Quiosque Culture

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Rio’s South Zone beaches, Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, have been suffering years of gradual upgrades that painting over Rio’s vibrant beach culture with retro-futuristic tackiness. There are new police units, the Tourist Police, in attractive cut uniforms, protecting tourists from petty assaults, harassing barefoot young black children with numbing frequency, occasionally raiding the pot smoker’s […]

World Cup Protest

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Brazil has spent billions of dollars in taxpayer money on the World Cup and illegally evicted up to 200,000 families across the country to make way for World Cup infrastructure projects. Including residents of Favela do Metro, who were evicted at gunpoint to make way for a parking lot for Maracana stadium in Rio that […]

Another Copa Bloco

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It’s pre-Carnaval in Rio, and Rio is already a hundred-something deep into a superpartyschedule of over 500 street parties. Most of them are nothing like the mega-spectacle you’re imagining. They’re chill out, neighborhood affairs, like this bloco in Copacabana. Above: The Skate Gang holds court to Ja Rule in a Petrobras parking lot in Copacabana […]

The Gay Pride Parade

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Sunday afternoon in Copacabana Beach and I’m out at sea. The sound of Rihanna blasting from a thousand speakers draws me in to shore. Let’s take a closer look! I have just paddleboarded into the 17th Annual Gay Pride Parade. IT’S A CELEBRATION BITCHES!! Thirteen semis with sound systems brought to you by Grupo Arco-Iris. […]

Live at Strip Erotika

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  Erotika is a strip club in Copacabana. Linox is a band with a new album. They meet over whiskey and feathers. Erotika is a strip club in the Prado Junior district, one of dozens of inferninhos (“little hells”) where you can meet  prostitutes in Copacabana. Linox took over last Wednesday for the release of their […]

Skate Gang

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Carnaval Sunday, Copacabana Beach. The Skate Gang (Gangue dos Patins) freestyling to Ja Rule – I Wonder.   Skate Gang – I Wonder from RioChromatic on Vimeo. Check out the Skate Gang online and on Facebook.

Copacabana Fire Dept

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“We are firemen, nothing human leaves us indifferent”    

New Years After Party

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The last of the 3,800 orange-clad street sweepers in charge of cleaning up after the biggest New Year’s party on the planet put the finishing touches on Copacabana Beach, New Year’s Day 2012.   The biggest New Year’s party on the planet went down last night in Copacabana Beach, where over 2 million people dressed […]

Futevólei

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Futevólei Tournament Finals in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, 9.11.11 Futevólei is a mashup of beach volleyball and soccer that started in Rio de Janeiro in the 1960′s and went global in the 90′s. Brazilians call it “Arte dos pés à cabeça,” which sounds less elegant in translation – “Art from your head to your feet.” Not an Olympic […]