Banda de Ipanema`s third parade in 2008 on Carnival Tuesday Feb. 5 was a big hit. The sidewalks and the beach lane closer to the beach were already filled with people as the band passed, and everybody joined in. The band ended up taking both lanes of Av. Vieira Souto!
The last day of Carnival is also the longest. Banda de Ipanema reached the corner of Rua Joana Angelica and Rua Visconde de Piraja around 8 p.m., and after the traditonal minute (actually minutes) of silence the band played Pixinguinha's song Carinhoso and everybody sang along.
As you will see in the photos groups of tourists in costumes have become a welcome addition to the band. If this is the excuse you needed, you are just in time to start making plans for Carnival 2009. See you soon!