Opinion, by Michael Royster
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bah! Humbug! Sure, Carnival is the “greatest show on earth” south of Munich or New Orleans. Sure, bunches of people parade around wearing funny costumes. But The Curmudgeon Liketh Carnival Not! So he hath prepared a curmudgeonly list of reasons NOT to like Carnival.
1) “Ouch! That hurts!” Many decades ago, in Timbaúba PE, the Curmudgeon was taught the semi-official Carnival dance in the Brazilian Northeast—the “frevo”. It’s a two-step, so the Curmudgeon, who can’t Samba, or Mambo or Rumba, bounced along for about one hour . . .