Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, 2015 – The Samba Schools’ Parades

I’ve made it an annual tradition to write about Carnaval in Brazil, and in Rio de Janeiro specifically. Sadly, a number of other projects have kept me away from a more thorough writeup/analysis of Carnaval this year, but you can still see photos for each of the samba schools that paraded in Rio de Janeiro this year below. [And, as is usually the case with hundreds of Carnaval photos, some may be considered NSFW-ish, so be judicious on where/when you click on the links.]

And for those following the international geopolitical ramifications of Carnaval this year, Beija-Flor, whose school reportedly received funding from the son of the infamous dictator of Equitorial Guinea, ended up being the 2015 champion.

First Night of Parades [Monday]
G.R.E.S. Viradouro
– with a focus on African Animals among its themes

G.R.E.S. Mangueira – with a focus on “great women of Brazil”

G.R.E.S. Mocidade – with the theme of the end of the world

G.R.E.S. Unidos da Vila Isabel – with an homage to Paulista conductor Isaac Karabtchevsky

G.R.E.S. Salgueiro – with a focus on food from Minas Gerais

G.R.E.S. Grande Rio – with a theme that hinged on the history of noise

Second Night of Parades [Tuesday]
G.R.E.S. São Clemente – with an homage to the late Carnaval artist Fernando Pamplona (1926-2013)

G.R.E.S. Portela – with a celebration of Rio de Janeiro’s 450th anniversary

G.R.E.S. Beija-Flor – with a focus on Africa and especially on Equatorial Guinea

G.R.E.S. União da Vila – with the overarching message of definitions of beauty across time

G.R.E.S. Imperatriz Leopoldense – with a message of anti-racism

G.R.E.S. Unidos da Tijuca – with an homage to the late museologist and Carnaval artist Clóvis Bornay

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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