Carnaval in Rio – Photos from the First Night

Last night was the first of two nights in which Rio de Janeiro’s major samba schools parade. Below, are collections of images for each of the first six schools to parade through the Sambódromo, last night. Once again, as the the photos demonstrate, with the ornate floats, elaborate costumes, and unifying themes, Carnaval is far more than just scantily-clad women. And of course, one can hear this year’s songs for each of the schools here. [And G.R.E.S. stands for “Grêmio Recreativo Escola de Samba,” or “Recreational Club Samba School”].

G.R.E.S. Portela (“Madureira…onde o meu coração se deixou levar,” about the area of Rio where Portela is)

G.R.E.S. União da Ilha do Governador (“Vinícius, no Plural – Paixão, Poesia e Carnaval,” about Vinícius de Moraes)

G.R.E.S. Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (“Eu vou de Mocidade com samba e Rock In Rio – Por um mundo melhor,” about Samba and Rock music)

G.R.E.S. Unidos da Tijuca (“Desceu num raio, é trovoada! O Deus Thor pede passagem pra mostrar nessa viagem a Alemanha encantada,” about Germany and Nordic gods)

G.R.E.S. Inocentes de Belford Roxo (“As Sete Confluências do Rio Han,” about Korea)

G.R.E.S. Salgueiro (“Fama” – Fame)

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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