Rio’s Mangueira Samba School to Honor Marielle Franco this Carnival

The samba schools’ compositions for this year also include a politicized song about bread and hunger courtesy of the ‘Unidos da Tijuca,’ samba school, and a collaboration between Brazilian musical icon Elza Soares and the samba school ‘Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel.’

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – One of Rio’s most iconic samba schools, ‘Estação Primeiro de Mangueira’ (First Station of Mangueira) have chosen to pay tribute to murdered Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco as part of their Carnival parade.

As Carnival season approaches, many samba schools are now beginning to publicize their themes for the parade alongside their chosen song, with political figures and historical injustices often featured. Last year . . .

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