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    January 02, 2007

    Próspero Ano Novo!

    Posted by: Chris

    Rionewyears A very Happy New Year to all of you visiting my blog.  This weekend has been truly incredible for me — my first in Rio De Janeiro, known for its massive Réveillon New Year's celebration. 

    While short on the pageantry that makes Carnaval in Rio so special, Reveillon was an incredible experience I was able to share with not only my partner (who despite being Brazilian had never spent New Year's in Rio) but also friends from Atlanta and Washington, D.C., down for the occasion.  And of course new friends from São Paulo and Rio as well.

    Fergieblackeyedpeasrio We dressed in white, watched the fireworks in Copacabana beach, and joined those throwing flowers into the ocean in hopes for a happy and prosperous new year.  Sound crazy?  Then explain to me the American tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.  Never did understand that one.  Speaking of the Black Eyed Peas, they played a concert on Ipanema beach after midnight, and a good time was had by all.

    We also enjoyed a few of the many gay dance parties over the weekend, though the highlights were without a doubt the Revolution party on New Year's Eve and the Revolution pool party on Jan. 1. In a very short time, Rosane Amaral has come up with a perfect formula for a successful dance party: good music, great atmospherics, and a bit of glitz thrown in for good measure. 

    The pool party on New Year's Day was truly unforgettable, set in the Clube Internacional de Regatas in downtown Rio with a view of Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Azucar) and the water.  Even though the weather didn't cooperate, the light rain was the perfect way to cool things off — something that the Alegria party on Dec. 29 desperately needed.  Parabens to Rosane for pulling off such successes!



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    1. Jim on Jan 16, 2007 4:01:26 PM:

      Who the freak eats black eyed peas on New Years?1? Son, you better travel up to Yankee land and meet some Germans. It's pork and sauerkraut for good luck on New Years Day!

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