Photo by Bénédicte Jourdier.

Celebration

Hundreds of thousands showed up early for Rio’s Carnaval over the weekend.
The official festivities start today, but people have been partying in costume all weekend. [NPR]

Activism

‘Not My President’s Day’ rallies are taking place in at least 25 U.S. cities today.
More than 14,000 people are planning to attend in NYC. Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City, Chicago are joining in as well. Go here for the full list. [NBC]

More than 10,000 people gathered in NYC yesterday for the ‘Today I am a Muslim Too’ rally.
The rally was organized by The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and was meant to protest President Trump’s attempt to order a Travel Ban, which would prohibit Syrian refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. It fell on the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 — an order that resulted in the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, along with thousands of German and Italian Americans. [United Press International]

Environment

Remember that U.S. national parks are free today.
The Presidents Day fee waiver includes more than 400 parks around the country. [Lonely Planet]

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