Sambadrome, Rio de Janeiro MG_9147

It is known as the biggest attraction on earth.  Carnaval or Samba Parade held yearly for a week of dancing, singing and partying.  This parade is held at the Sambadrome where twelve of the top samba schools vie for the prestigious championship title every year.  It is a “grand” affair and an event that the Brazilians take very, very seriously.  Like the song says: The people spend the whole year preparing for the festivities and on Ash Wednesday, “todo se ababa” (everything is over.) till the following year.  The parade displays its best dancers, choreographers, costumes, music etc… in a highly orchestrated event with each individual having a particular role to play according to the school theme.  A very elaborate occurence.

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The distance for the parade is about one mile, starting from the end of this road…

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to end to the very explicit structure in the background which mimics a human “derrière”,  referred to as “the Bunda.” It also ressembles the stylish Thong Bikini superbly worn by the Cariocas.

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