Carnaval in Rio – Photos from the First Night

Last night was the first of two nights in which Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools parade, with the songs, themes, floats, and costumes I previously wrote about on full display. Below, are collections of images for each of the first seven schools to parade through the Sambódromo, with their themes in parenthesis (the other schools go tonight). You can get a sense of just how complex, well-planned, and multi-faceted Rio’s major Carnaval celebration is. [And G.R.E.S. stands for “Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba,” or “Recreational Club Samba School].

G.R.E.S. Renascer de Jacarepaguá (“”O Artista da Alegria dá o Tom da Folia,” about Romero Britto, a Brazilian who creates Pop Art)

G.R.E.S. Portela ( “…E o povo na rua cantando é feito uma reza, um ritual…” drawing on Bahian religion and culture)

G.R.E.S Imperatriz Leopoldinense (“Jorge, Amado Jorge,” based on a famous 20th-century author from the Northeast)

G.R.E.S Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (“Por ti, Portinari: Rompendo a tela, à Realidade,” based on one of Brazil’s 20th-century painters)

G.R.E.S Unidos do Porto da Pedra (“”Da seiva materna ao equilíbrio da vida,” focusing on motherhood)

G.R.E.S Beija-Flor (“”São Luís – O Poema Encantado do MARANHÃO,” focusing on one of Brazil’s northeastern states)

G.R.E.S Vila Isabel (“Você Samba Lá …. Que Eu Sambo Cá!
O Canto Livre de Angola,” focusing on samba music and the cultural connections between Brazil and Angola)

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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  1. agogo22 says:

    Reblogged this on msamba.

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