Pernambuco’s Unique Carnival in Maracatu’s Cradle

Photos by Eraldo Peres This city in northern Brazil is considered the cradle of the maracatu, a frenetic, rhythmic dance of African origin that infuses its unique Carnival celebration with its spirit.

Brazil’s Padre Cicero

Photos by Leo Correa For almost a week, including the Day of the Dead, the Brazilian city of Juazeiro do Norte is filled with thousands of pilgrims who come to honor “Padre Cicero,” a figure venerated here as a saint but not recognized as one by the Roman Catholic Church.