Each year TV Globo recordes a presentation of the samba schools weeks before the real carnival season starts. Next Sunday, 8 Jan., the samba schools of Rio will perform as run up and final test at the Marquês de Sapucaí, better known as the Sambôdromo.
That’s quite interesting as the Sambôdromo is under construction. The pre-carnival session is arranged somewhere between construction material, machines, and workers who spend day and night to get the work done in time for carnival. Inauguration is scheduled for 12 February this year.
Maybe I have photo shoots of this pre-carnival event next week.
In São Paulo the samba bands, dancers and samba queens of São Paulo’s samba schools took last week 2 days to the Credicard Hall at the South Side of São Paulo. Both nights have been recorded by TV Globo.
The performances are a short version of the carnival spectacle to be expected this year.
The samba schools participating in the TV recording are the same which will parade during the carnival festivities in the Sambódromo do Anhembi in the northern part of São Paulo, later in February this year. They are: Camisa Verde e Branco, Pérola Negra, Mocidade Alegre, Águia de Ouro, Unidos de Vila Maria, Gaviões da Fiel and Tom Maior.
The second day, members of the Special Group of Samba Schools performed. This group consists of Dragões da Real, Império de Casa Verde, X-9 Paulistana, Vai-Vai, Rosas de Ouro, Acadêmicos do Tucuruvi and Mancha Verde.
The samba queens of the drum-bands all said that they combine daily workouts with a balanced diet to be in perfect form for carnival. Enjoy the photos.
If you want to see the original photo series click here.