Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2014 – Photos from the First Night

It’s that time of year again in Brazil – Carnaval. Last night marked the first night of the major parades in Rio de Janeiro, where, beyond the stereotyped vision of women, there were remarkable floats, songs, dance, and pageantry. As in the past, below are some photos from the first night of the festivities (with the samba schools listed in the order they processed), along with the themes for each school. The photos demonstrate the richness and complexity of the design, floats, and costumes that mark Carnaval each year. [And for those who read Portuguese, you can learn more about all of the schools and here samples of their songs here.]

G.R.E.S. Império da Tijuca – The influence of African instruments in Brazil]

G.R.E.S. Grande Rio – Maricá, a coastal region in the state of Rio de Janeiro

G.R.E.S. São Clemente – Favelas and their cultural influence and creativeness

G.R.E.S. Mangueira – Popular festivals in Brazil

G.R.E.S. Salgueiro – Origin stories from a variety of cultures from around the world

G.R.E.S. Beija-Flor – José Bonifácio de Oliveira Sobrinho, a director of TV programs in Brazil

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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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