to our Pictorial Tour of Rio's main event, the Samba
at the Sambodrome
two-day extravaganza is considered by many the greatest show on
earth. Lasting a total of 20 hours, with about seventy thousand
participants, twice as many people in the audience, plus millions
of spectators glued to their TV sets in Brazil and around the
world, it may well be.
Become familiar with the concept of the
parade you will appreciate it much better. In short: Seven
samba schools march on Carnival Sunday, and seven more on Carnival
Monday. Each samba school picks a particular theme. They display
it to the audience in the format of a tropical mini-opera. A
school has from 60-75 minutes to perform, with three to five
thousand participants. They are distributed in alas or wings, with
6 to 8 floats for each school.
wings and floats illustrate the theme chosen by the samba school.
They are highlighted here on special pages, with insider's tips
and photos. Porta-bandeira and mestre-sala
are terms that may sound alien to you now. See them perform, and
they will be forever on the tip of your tongue! Dazzle your eyes
with colors, people having fun, textures and luxury using the
miniatures as your navigation guide.
The final step if you are thinking about watching the show in
person is taking a
samba lesson. It will teach you what to do when the samba beat
inevitably starts to get you. You are encouraged to sing along,
stand and dance from your seat. This is the way to show a samba
school that they are doing their job right!
Pictours of Carnival I has just been expanded, with new photos
by Silviano. We have added at least one oversized poster at the
top of each page, with even more colors and details! If you can't
get enough, don't miss all the fun of the backstage action at Pictours
of Carnival II
. For some variety and good laughs, check out
the Drags from Banda de Ipanema
In the best tradition of Rio's Street Carnival festivities
everybody is welcome to join the fun. And better - for free!