Last night was the second of two nights of the massive parades associated with Brazilian Carnaval, as the remaining six samba schools paraded through the Sambódromo in Rio de Janeiro, with their music, themes, and of course, colorful floats and costumes. Below are images from the remaining schools (with photos from the first night here), as well as the themes.
In terms of the competition, this year, Vila Isabel, whose theme focused on the cultural connections between Brazil and Angola, won the overall competition for the Best School, as well as several other individual awards for participants in Vila Isabel’s parade. Portela took the award for best song and best dancers, among others, with other awards also going to individuals from União da Ilha, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, Unidos da Tijuca, and Império Serrano.
G.R.E.S. Grande Rio (“Eu Acredito Em Você! E Você?” focused on the idea of overcoming fears and challenges)
G.R.E.S. Unidos da Tijuca (“O Dia em que toda a realeza desembarcou na Avenida para coroar o Rei Luiz do Sertão,” which centered on folk singer Luiz Gonzaga and the landscapes of the Brazilian Northeast’s interior hinterlands, from which he hailed)
G.R.E.S. Mangueira (“Vou festejar, sou Cacique, sou Mangueira,” which celebrated the school’s home neighborhood and the Carioca culture more generally)
G.R.E.S. Salgueiro (“Cordel Branco e Encarnado,” which also focused on the Brazilian northeast)
G.R.E.S. União da Ilha (“De Londres ao Rio: era uma vez…uma Ilha…” which celebrated England, host of this year’s Summer Olympics)
G.R.E.S. São Clemente (“Uma aventura musical na Sapucaí,” about the spectacle of music)