2012 Carnival Parades in Rio de Janeiro – 01

One of the highlights of samba School Renascer de Jacarepaguá during the parade Sapucaí - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

On the first day (Sunday 19 Febr.) of the carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro seven samba schools of the Special Group entered the Marquês de Sapucaí.
Samba school Renascer de Jacarepaguá opened the night with a theme about Brazilian artist Romero Britto. The 2011 champion, Beija-Flor, performed its show as the sixth school in Sapucaí.

A Muse on top of a float of Renascer de Jacarepaguá - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

After going through a reform, the Marquês de Sapucaí, in Rio de Janeiro, was (almost) ready to receive the samba schools of the Special Group. Seven carnival associations opened the first day of the parade, including Beija-Flor, the 2011 champion. To win its 13th title, the school invested in the theme “São Luís, o poema encantado do Maranhão” (São Luis, the enchanted poem of Maranhão), about the capital of the federal state of Maranhão.

After seven years parading with Portela, the model Gleicy Santos paraded with Renascer de Jacarepaguá - photo: Bernardo Tabak/G1

With the responsibility to close the first night of the parades, Vila Isabel put the entire audience to dance to the sound of drums with the theme “Você semba lá… que eu sambo cá – o canto livre de Angola” (You semba there … I sambo here – the free song of Angola), written by carnival enthusiast Rosa Magalhães. The blue and white showed in the Sambódromo the cultural ties between Brazil and the African country.

The artist Romero Britto during the parade of Renascer de Jacarepaguá - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

It took nine months of construction work to provide the Passarela do Samba (the Samba Avenue) with the original track designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1983 and to increase the grandstand to 72,500 seats.

A Globeleza, Aline Prado during the parade of Renascer de Jacarepaguá in Sapucaí - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

In this first article about the first night of carnival parades in Rio, the first three samba schools, in order, Renascer de Jacarepaguá, Portela and Imperatriz Leopoldinense.  In my opinion, the carnival parades in Rio show much more creativity than the ones in São Paulo. Consequently the number of beautiful and emotional photos in larger and as such I have to cut the two carnival nights in small parts.

Outstanding allegoric float of Renascer de Jacarepaguá- photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

1st – Renascer de Jacarepaguá
Champion of the Access Group last year, Renascer de Jacarepaguá coloured the Avenue. To frighten away the ghost of humiliation, the samba school paid homage to the artist Romero Britto, with the theme “O artista da alegria dá o tom na folia” (The artist sets the tone of joy in revelry). To recount the life of the painter, the red and white coloured brought allegories, luxuries and with the face and the traces of the artist, considered an icon of the modern world pop culture.

Andrea Machado, muse of Renascer de Jacarepaguá, which opened the parade of the Special Group in Sapucaí - photo: Rodrigo Vianna/G1

In its attempt to win the title, the school took seven floats, three tripods, 34 dancing groups and 3,500 members to Sapucaí. The characteristic black in the works of Romero Britto was represented by the drums, commanded by Master Paulão.

Drawing attention on the ground during the parade of Renascer de Jacarepaguá in Sapucaí - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Dancer entused the public during the parade of Renascer de Jacarepaguá in Sapucaí - photo: Juliana Briggs/G1

Member of Renascer de Jacarepaguá tells the storyline of the samba-school during the parade in Sapucaí - photo: Silvia Izquierdo / AP

Dancer of Renascer de Jacarepaguá during the parade of the Special Group - photo: Silvia Izquierdo / AP

Outstanding float of Renascer de Jacarepaguá - photo: Alexandre Durão/G1

Decorated float 'Conhecimento Vivo' (Living Knowledge) of Renascer de Jacarepaguá, which features a large library - photo: Alexandre Durão/G1

Dancer of Renascer de Jacarepaguá parade in the Marquês de Sapucaí - photo: Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Aerial view of the parade of Renascer de Jacarepaguá in Marquês de Sapucaí - photo: Vanderlei Almeida / AFP

View of the Sambódromo in Rio, during the parade of Renascer de Jacarepaguá, on the first day of parades of the schools in the Special Group - photo: Vanderlei Almeida / AFP

Patricia Nery, Queen of the drums of Renascer de Jacarepaguá, samba in front of the drummers - photo: Antonio Scorza / AFP

2nd – Portela
A Bahian party spiced by Portela. This is how samba school Portela, considered one of the most traditional of Rio, presented its carnival this year.

Muse of Portela animated the avenue - photo: Christophe Simon / AFP

To tell the story: “E o povo na rua cantando. É feito uma reza, um ritual…” (And the people in the street singing. It’s becoming a prayer, a ritual … “, the blue and white showed the major festivals of Bahia in the parade. And as host of this “festival”, the singer Clara Nunes, the big honouree, who, if still alive, would be completing 70 years in 2012. On the avenue, she was represented by singer Vanessa da Matta.

The sister football player Vagner Love, Vanya Love is a muse of Portela - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

The school showed the celebrations derived from African traditions and the ones originated in the Catholic Church, such as the festivities of Senhor do Bonfim, of Iemanjá, of Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia and Saints Cosmas and Damian. The traditional revelry of Carnival in Bahia, as the carnivals of Afoxé, of Olodum, of Timbalada and the Sons of Gandhi were also visualised.

Shayene Cesário was one of the muses to parade with Portela - photo: G1

The second school which paraded on Sunday, Portela brought to the Avenue seven floats, five tripods and 4,100 dancers, divided into 35 groups.

A wheelchair group of the samba school Portela - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Muse of Portela waved to the camera - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Dancer of Portela danced the samba and earned the sympathy of the public Sapucaí - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Sheron Menezes, Queen of the drums of samba school Portela - photo: Christophe Simon / AFP

Member of Portela group of baianas danced the samba - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Traditionally the Eagle of Portela as the float car which opened the parade. On top of the float, the musicians Paulinho da Viola and Marisa Monte parade once again with the school - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Vanya Love during the parade of Portela - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

A float visualising the African theme of Portela was pushed through Sapucaí - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Muses on top of a float sing the samba-enredo of Portela - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Decorated float of Portela had as theme underwater life - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Dancers baianas of different ages paraded in the dancing groups of Portela - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

3rd – Imperatriz Leopoldinense
Imperatriz Leopoldinense asked attention and dived into the world of Bahian writer Jorge Amado. Characters like Gabriela, Perpétua and Dona Flor left the pages of his books and came into life in the Marquês of Sapucaí. From Pelourinho to the washing of Bonfim. The green and white from Ramos brought some features of Bahia, cited by the author in his works, the theme “Jorge, Amado Jorge”, the carnivalesque samba-enrede of Max Lopes.

Muses on top of an allegoric float of samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense during the parade - photo: Victor R. Caivano / AP

The crown, symbol of the club, opened the parade of the school, which talked about religion. The first section made an allusion to the orixás (deities). Synonymous for beauty, glamour and class of the carnival in Rio, queen Luiza Brunet came from Bahia to lead the drum band, commanded by Master Márcio (Noca).

View of the parade of samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Felipe Dana / AP

The theme also made reference to Bahian carnival and other popular events in that state. The literature was represented in one of the floats.

Members of Imperatriz Leopoldinense displayed painted bodies during the parade in Sapucaí - photo: Victor R. Caivano / AP

Philipe and Rafaela, the couple master of ceremonies and standard-bearer of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Members of the group 'Faculdade de Direito' (Law School) of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

One of the highlights of Imperatriz Leopoldinense during the parade of the samba school in the avenue - photo: Antonio Scorza / AFP

Outstanding allegoric float of the samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Outstanding allegoric float of samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

Detail of the opening float of Imperatriz Leopoldinense "O Mar de Yemanjá e a Coroa de Oxalá" (The Sea of Yemanjá and the Crown of Oxalá) - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

A Muse on top of the opening float of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Rodrigo Gorosito/G1

A highlight of samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense during its parade in Sapucaí - photo: Alexandre Durão/G1

The float of Imperatriz Leopoldinense visualising the 'Amada Igreja do Bonfim' (Beloved Church of Bonfim)- photo: Alexandre Durão/G1

The opening float of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Alexandre Durão/G1

The float 'Amada Igreja do Bonfim' (Beloved Church of Bonfim),' of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Victor R. Caivano / AP

A trio of Asian descent during the parade of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Nacho Doce / Reuters

The opening float of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Antonio Scorza / AFP

One of the highlights in the parade of samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Christophe Simon / AFP

One of the highlight of the parade of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Christophe Simon / AFP

Percussionists of the drum band of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Antonio Scorza / AFP

Luiza Brunet, queen of the drums of Imperatriz Leopoldinense - photo: Antonio Scorza / AFP

Next article the four last samba schools of the first day of carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro.