Rio Carnival 2016 – Mangueira Crowned Champions

Carnival, the Biggest Show on the Planet has once again brought millions of people to Brazil and to Rio de Janeiro’s Sambodromo on Avenida Marques de Sapucai to see and experience the spectacular. This year’s champion after a long period from the top was Estacao Primeira da Mangueira samba school. The judging was tight between Mangueira and Salgueiro tied until the final category of the floats was announced. In a heartbreaking moment to once again for Salgueiro samba school members and fans, for the third year in a row, the school dropped from the top, this time falling to fourth place after receiving low scores from the judges due to problems with one of their floats.

Mangueira with perfect scores in the final category claimed the crown for the first time since 2002. Their theme included a tribute to Brazilian singer Maria Bethânia, who parading by walking the Avenue because of problems raising here to the platform of her float.  Rounding out the top schools 2. Unidos da Tijuca, 3. Portela, 4. Salgueiro, 5. Beija Flor and 6. Imperatriz Leopoldinense. The 6 schools repeated their show at the Parade of Champions the Saturday after Carnival. Portela, after many years of problems with returned with one of the most beautiful parades and a big contender for the championship. Tracing the history of man from ancient times to the future. Beginning with the story of Moses’ parting of the Red Sea to a tribute to the Lost in Space series and even a flying UFO drone, Portela’s Carnival parade was magnificent.

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Trem do Samba 20 Years

The Trem do Samba ( Samba Train) recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary as a part of Rio de Janeiro’s historical samba culture which celebrate the “National Day of Samba”. The event which happens in December of each year, starts the Rio’s Central Train Station where the Velha Guarda (Old Guard) of all the samba schools such as Portela, Salgueiro, Mangueira, Vila Isabel, to name a few, board the trains along with the public who join in singing, dancing and playing all the samba classics. The trains then head to station of Ozwaldo Cruz in the bairro (neighborhood) of Madureira, the samba mecca of Rio where performances move to stages and rodas da samba all around the neighborhood well into the night. The event is free to the public and one of the most exciting attractions in Rio leading into the Carnival season. This coming year’s Rio Carnival Court featuring the returning member from 2015, King Wilson Dias da Costa Neto, Queen Clara Paixao, and Princesses – Bianca Monteiro and Uillana Adaes joined the in party at the Central Station to set it off.

 

 

Velha Guarda of Portela with President of Portela, Sergio Procopio

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Carlinhos Pandeira de Ouro of Mangueira and the classic film “Orfeu”  “Black Orpheus”

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