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São Paulo’ street carnival: 5 days of parades, dancing, consumption of legal and illegal substances, meetings in an almost orgiastic atmosphere. Although from a historical point of view are others the Brazilian cities that boast a tradition of Carnival; Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Olinda, just to name a few; in the last five years São Paulo’ street carnival is emerging in the Brazilian panorama as a new benchmark. In few days 306 blocks marched, from the most traditional Samba and Axé up to Punk, Funk, Rock, Sertanejo and Techno. The shows were mostly concentrated in the central area of the city, even though there have been events that animated the outskirts of the Brazilian megalopolis. This event has more and more a street and popular character, accessible to everyone, far from “Sambodromo” where the prestigious schools of samba paraded and where access is paying. The carnival in São Paulo was really a big street party and according to the Ministry of Tourism there was an increase of approximately 203% of the number of tourists compared to last year. Despite the atmosphere of total lawlessness various newspapers pointed out as positive data a particular attention from the organizers of the blocks to avoid that women were molested and besieged. On the negative side: no adequate facilities to receive so many people (few portable toilets), completely paralyzed traffic in the city and numerous thefts. Despite this, many newspapers and commentators they promoted the carnival with flying colors. Appointment until next year for the street carnival of São Paulo, where before taking to the road, you can wear a mask or even remove it completely.