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The Carnival 2011 Champions’ Parade

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Last Saturday the Sambódromo saw the last of Samba school parades for this year with the six top schools of the year parading down the Sapucaí once more. The parade was the official end for Carnival 20011 and Imperatriz Leopoldinense, Salgueiro, Vila Isabel, Mangueira, Unidos […]

Beija-Flor Wins Carnival 2011

Beija-Flor Wins Carnival 2011

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After much anxiety the winner of the contest between the top twelve Samba schools of Rio de Janeiro, was announced early evening this Ash Wednesday. The competition is much disputed and any decimal of a point is decisive to win or loose a title. The […]

Carnival 2011 – Beija-Flor de Nilópolis

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival is upon us, Samba is in the air and Rio revelers already occupy the streets over the weekends following the many blocos. In the industrial workshops of the Cidade do Samba, Samba schools are on the final stretch before the big Sambódromo show on […]

Carnival 2011 – Porto da Pedra

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Carnival is coming and technical rehearsals at the Sambódromo are attracting more and more crowds. Last Saturday Porto da Pedra took over the Sapucaí with enthusiasm putting on a great show, singing their theme-tune in preparation for their appearance Monday, March 7th in this year’s […]

Carnival 2011 – Grande Rio, Rebuilding

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While most Samba schools are almost ready for the big parade starting on March 6th, G.R.E.S. Acadêmicos do Grande Rio had a major set-back and has to face the aftermath of a fire at Cidade do Samba Monday, February the 7th. The school was the […]

Carnival 2011 – Portela After the Fire

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A devastating fire raged through the Cidade do Samba last Monday, February 7th, completely destroying three Barracões (Carnival industrial workshops) within the Carnival industrial complex in Gamboa, down-town Rio. A silver-lining is that G.R.E.S. Portela was running behind schedule on some of their work, which […]

Carnival 2011 – Salgueiro

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – G.R.E.S. Academicos do Salgueiro will be the second school parading on Monday, March 7th, the second day of the Sambódromo 2011 Carnival competition. They have always been characterized by their endless energy, innovation and jovial spirit, which has kept the school in the first five […]

Carnival 2011 – União da Ilha

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first school to parade on Monday, March 7th, the second day of the Sambódromo 2011 Carnival competition, is União da Ilha. A Ilha do Governador neighborhood samba school was first noticed during the seventies by their parading skills coupled with outstanding creativity, while not […]

Carnival 2011- Mangueira

By Vânia Maciel, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Officially known as Estação Primeira de Mangueira (First Station of Mangueira), it is one the most loved samba schools in Brazil, and while thinking of of it, poetry comes to mind. Despite a somewhat unusual color combination for a samba school, Mangueira has conquered hearts […]

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