Thursday, March 29, 2007


One of the floats from Carnaval. This wasn't nearly the most elaborate (it also just shows the back part of this particular float). The best part is that everyone in the stands is dancing and singing the song, which everyone has memorized. The parade is the highlight of the Carnaval festivities. Best part is that you can get there the day of and scalp tickets for like $5 or $10. Brazil has a stadium called the Sambadromo that is built just for this parade. Each of 15 samba schools parades for 90 minutes over 2 days - and the parade ends at 5 or 6 in the morning. Each school spends approximately $3 million each year. Then they start over all again. The parade is also a competition, and Brazilians have their favorite samba school - the most popular being Estação Primeira de Mangueira (or Mangueira for short), whose float this is. Each school even has colors and flags, Mangueira's being green and pink.

This one is more typical - with lots of nearly naked dancers all over the float. Everything is fully mechanized. The giant head bobs up and down, and it shoots confetti. Strobe lights and colored lighting are popular.

But my favorite float:

It's a real life Where's Waldo! They call him Wally, and the first picture says "Where's Wally?" See if you can find him. They would reshuffle every time the doors closed.


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