Belém Carnival – The Queen of Queens 2013

Samara Costa of Tuna Luso, is the Queen of Queens 2013

Samara Costa of Tuna Luso, is the Queen of Queens 2013

Outside Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo carnival in Brazil is celebrated differently. In Fortaleza, Recife and Bahia the streets are filled with blocos, thematic groups of dancers and musicians. In Rio and São Paulo the carnival queens are part of a samba school. In Belém do Pará the carnival queens are the representatives of (sometimes exclusive) “old gentlemen” clubs, like the engineers, academics, Banco do Brasil and the like. But always the representative of the upper middle class. A completely different approach to carnival than in the street carnival for ordinary people and the parades of the samba schools.

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Samara Costa, candidate for the club Tuna Luso Brasileira, became the Queen of Queens 2013. She won with fantasy ‘Encantaria’ in the early hours of last Saturday. The contest was held in the Hangar Amazon Convention Center . The beauty contest is organised during the carnival in Pará since 1947. Besides Samara four other candidates were honoured as princesses. The beauty event is considered one of the most important in the North of Brazil.

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Queen of Queens: Samara Costa – Tuna Luso Brasileira
1st Princess: Karina Salgado – Assembly Paraense
2nd Princess: Carla Pinto – AABB
3rd Princess: Suelen Medeiros – Paysandu
4th Princess: Allana Gatti – COCB

Awards – The Queen of Queens was awarded with a Fiat 500 car with a sunroof, a unique item in Pará and a fully organised and escorted trip to the United States. The princesses each received a fully organised and escorted trip to respectively the USA, a South America country, São Paulo and Fortaleza.

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Each candidate had four minutes to show her talent to the jury. Half the time was devoted to the presentation of the choreography and the rest for the catwalk for the public. Five judges evaluated the matter of ease, beauty and fantasy. The jury was composed of professionals linked to the carnival and artistic universe. The gallery above shows the various candidates to the contest of the Queen of Queens 2013.

Photo Credit: Alexandre Modesto