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Carnatal in Natal, Brazil.
The Carnatal is one of the largest off-season carnivals in Brazilmarker. It is held annually in December in the city of Natalmarker in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Carnatal is different from the samba school parades, popular in Rio de Janeiromarker. Carnatal is something like this: During the days of party, a huge truck (called "trio el├ętrico"), with a band on the top and sound boxes all around, drives slowly along the streets.
Carnatal in Natal, Brazil.
The crowd follows the trio el├ętrico singing, dancing, jumping to the sound of the music. To be allowed to follow the truck, one must buy admittance to one of the several "blocos" (block). A bloco is an enterprise which obtains permission to participate in Carnatal, hires the band, sells admittance and controls access.

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