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Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes
(Feb 2)
Festa de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes (Feb 2) is a procession of fishing boats. Since the year of 1875, it is the biggest religious feast in the state of Rio Grande Do Sul. The image of Ours Lady of the Navigators, decorated with flowers, ribbons and wreaths,  leads a procession of over 200 decorated boats down the Guaíba river and through  the lagoons of Saint Antõnio and Imaruí.  She is the protective saint of fisherman, Also young women whom they desire to arrange a good marriage ask for to the protection of Our Lady of the Navigators by sacrificing a dress to the waters. Afterwards a mass and large street festival support the   commemoration. Many tents are erected to help serve the feast featuing gaucho, foods, drinks, as well as  many watermelons, pineapples, butiás (coquinhos). The watermelon is a symbol of Our Lady of the Navigators
WHERE: The passage begins about 9h30min, with departure of the boats from Painted Island [ Ilha da Pintada] eventually landing at  Parque Náutico do Estado,  Nautical State Park about 11h30min.

Festa da Uva
The most famous Grapes Festival of Brazil is held the Festa da Uva Park and includes typical gastronomy, agroindustrial fair, cars parade, among others.
WHERE: Caxias do Sul 
WHEN: 2 weeks FEB/MAR
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Farroupilha Week
Musical and dancing shows from the Pampas region, typical foods, and a traditionalist parade. This event always takes place from September 13th to 20th.

Expointer AUG-SEP
An 8-day cattle-raising and agribusiness fair. It is always held between August and September, in the municipality of Esteio, 24 km away from Porto Alegre.

 Bookfair NOV
Large exhibition and book sale, an autograph afternoon, lectures, literary parties, and even plastic arts shows. It is held always on the second fortnight of November, at Praça da Alfândega.

Farroupilha Week  September 13th to 20th
A Guacho Spectacular of music and typical dance of Pampas.  Sample traditional foods and a enjoy grand parade. Enjoy lots of traditional local folk dancing and full hearted singing.  Download Download
Gauchos use bolas to capture running cattle or game. Depending on the exact design, the thrower grasps the bolas either in one of the weights or in the nexus of the cords. He gives the balls momentum by swinging them and then releases the bolas to entangle the animal's legs.
Gaucho Pants
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Gaucho Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 or 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. celery seed

Combine all ingredients. Simmer 30 min. Makes enough sauce for basting 4 pounds loin back ribs or spareribs.

Like the North American cowboy, gauchos are generally reputed to be strong, silent types, but arrogant, and capable of violence when provoked. There is, perhaps, more of an air of melancholy about the classic gaucho than the classic cowboy. Also like the cowboy, the gauchos were great horsemen. Typically, a gaucho's horse constituted most of what he owned in the world. During the wars of the 19th century in the Southern Cone, the cavalries on all sides were composed almost entirely of gauchos.
The gaucho diet was composed almost entirely of beef while on the range. Gauchos dressed quite distinctly from North American cowboys, and used boleadoras (three leather bound rocks tied together with approximately three feet long leather straps) in addition to the familiar "North American" lariat tor riata. In the wintertime, gauchos wore heavy wool ponchos to protect against the cold.

Frequent fires ensure that only small plants such as grasses flourish and trees are exceptional.  Winters are cool to mild and summers are very warm and humid. Rainfall is fairly uniform throughout the year but is a little heavier during the summer. Much of the area is also used for grazing cattle. These farming are also good for soybeans and  are particularly susceptible to flooding during heavy rainfall.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pampas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaucho

Gramado Film Festival
Gramado has been hosting its film festival since 1973. The Gramado Film Festival (Festival de Gramado) has since become one of the most important festivals of Latin American films. The Gramado Film Festival happens annually since 1973, for six days in the month of August.

Actors, directors, technicians and visitors give prestige to the competition, which shows dozens of films and offers prizes in two categories: Brazilian productions and Latin-American, Portuguese and Spanish films. The program also includes short films, independent films, workshops and talks. The screenings are at the Festivals Palace – with capacity for 1,200 people – and at the Municipal Culture Centre. All the screenings are open to the public, who can even participate on the judgment of the films.

Rua Evarista da Veiga, 21/206
Rio de Janeiro, 22031.040 Brazil
Further information: +55 (54) 3286-9544 tel: +55-21-240 7804 fax: +55-21-537 2898

Torres Balloon Festival
The Ballooning party in Torres started in 1989, during the preparations for the FEBANANA. The success was such that, from the following year, the I Southern Brazil Ballooning Festival would happen. Soon the city of Torres became the Brazilian capital of ballooning.

The climate and topography are ideal for the flight, and the sophisticated visitor infrastructure pleases the pilots and teams. Over 40,000 attend each year for the main event in April. There can be other events as well
WHEN: April,
GETTING THERE: Arriving from the North, on the BR-101, it 280km away from Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina; from the South, it is also possible to get in from the BR-101 or Estrada do Mar (RS-389). It is 197km away from Porto Alegre, the gaucha capital.
Torres by turismo.gov.br
wiki/Torres (Rio Grande do Sul)

Counter-intuitively, the world’s second-largest Oktoberfest is held in the Gaucho Mountains of southern Brazil where the still-intact colonies of 19th-century German immigrants exuberantly cling to their traditions. For two weeks the old German-Brazilian town of Gramado is thronged with Brazilians forsaking samba and the beaches for oompah music and the polka, lubricated with steins of good Brazilian lager. the Bavarian harvest festival and involves much merrymaking, beer drinking and sausage eating.

In October, the city of Blumenau attracts enthusiatic
tourists from all over the country and even abroad for the Oktoberfest, a
beer festival. Pomerode in Santa Catarina, as well as Gramado and Canela,
in Rio Grande do Sul, bear a striking resemblance to Bavaria, with their
colonial cafés serving delicious German delicacies.

 Beer by ambassadair.com

World Social Forum
The World Social Forum is an annual meeting organized by left organizations. It was first held in Porto Alegre in 2001 and most recently in 2005. In 2006 the World Social Forum (WSF) will be decentralized, occurring on at least three continents. The countries that will host these forums, however, were not announced by the WSF's International Council. Comprising 129 organizations from the five continents, the Council is the Forum's main representative body.

Even in its decentralized form, the WSF will continue to adhere to a schedule parallel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland It discuss strategies to fight back against the neo-liberalism, capitalism and imperialism. According to the organizers "The World Social Forum is an open meeting place where groups and movements of civil society opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism, but engaged in building a planetary society centred on the human person, come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, for formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action."
Nearly 6000 different groups and organizations  participate in the six day event which joins discussions, protests and festivals.

Walk for Peace 2005 at forumsocialmundial.org.br

After winning the Mayor's office for 4 elections the popularity of the Workers party declined in 2004 and in the mayoral elections there candidate was replaced by José Fogaça, from the Socialist People's Party which, despite its name, is popularly considered a right-wing party in Porto Alegre.

Brazil's Cardoso: 'The World Changed, But the Left Stayed the Same at brazzilfile.com [pop-up alert]
Written by Cristovam Buarque   
Friday, 31 December 2004 Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, FHCShortly after the November 2, 2004 United States election, Brazilian Senator Cristovam Buarque paid a visit to Brazil’s former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso at Brown University, where the latter is a visiting professor.  What follows is a translated excerpt from a recording made of their interview.

"The Left is hollow, nothing left but this snob cool attitude. The only thing the Left can offer is ART, but it has done nothing but trash ART. That notions of quality are ideological quotas. I embrace the ideological seeking the best.
Religious when we only see the politics of the

 sixties. There was a truly mystic spiritual vision of the age of Aquarius. The left cannot defeat the right till this is recovered. ... Until the left comes up with something of equal value, gravity....Lose this idea it is unhip to be too enthusiastic. "

 ---more from Camille Paglia in our special report on the past alive in the future through the art of Bacchanalia


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