Rio Samba School’s ‘Rainhas des Baterias’ Prepare for Carnival 2019

This year there are fourteen ‘Rainhas des Baterias’ (Queens of the Drum) competing along with their respective samba schools to be crowned Carnival champions.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of the most widely broadcast and identifiable images of the Carnival parade is each samba school’s ‘Rainha de Bateria,’ (Queen of the Drum). The spectacularly adorned, often wildly under-dressed female dancer is seen as a figurehead for that school’s parade.

The school’s Rainha can be anyone from celebrity participants, long-time dancers at the school, or local unknowns. Here is a run-down of some of the most notable Rainhas participating in this year’s Carnival.

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