The samba schools of Mocidade Alegre, Unidos de Vila Maria and Acadêmicos do Tucuruvi were the highlights of the second night of the parades in the Special Carnival Group of São Paulo. Between Saturday night (9) and Sunday morning (10), seven schools walked through the Anhembi Sambódromo in São Paulo.
The samba schools of Nenê de Vila Matilde, Gaviões da Fiel, Tom Maior and Império de Casa Verde also gave their performance.
The school used humour to recreate tenets of humanity, in an attempt to question truths and concepts that are transmitted from generation to generation. The end of legends and fairy tales was transformed along the parade: Snow White became a naughty girl who eats little children, Pinocchio wanted to continue to be a wooden puppet and the evil stepmothers, represented by the dancers of Bahia, turned into “boadrastas” (loving stepmothers).
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Unidos de Vila Maria
The Korean immigration in Brazil was the theme of the samba school Unidos de Vila Maria. In the opening float, a lookalike of singer Psy, who became a worldwide phenomenon after having success on the internet, showed the pop side of Korea.
They also highlighted the technology, the economic strength of the Asian Tigers, the traditions and history of the Koreans, marked by wars. The carnival master Chico Spinosa divided its 4,500 components of the parade in 27 groups and five allegories.
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Acadêmicos do Tucuruvi
The life and work of comedian Mazzaropi were colourful portrayed by the samba school of Acadêmicos do Tucuruvi in Anhembi. The floats represented the five areas of action of the artist: the circus, where the artist spent his adolescence; the street theatre, mambembe; the radio and his consecration as an artist; the program Rancho Alegre, and his career in the cinema.
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Nenê de Vila Matilde
Back in the Special Group, the samba school Nenê de Vila Matilde was the first to parade the 2nd night in Anhembi. The school highlighted the plot of “Da Revolta dos Búzios à atualidade. Nenê canta a igualdade” (From the Revolt of the Búzios to the actuality. Nenê sings of equality). Besides the uprising that gives the title to the plot – which took place in Bahia in the 18th century and ended with 40 rebels imprisoned and four of them executed – the 22 groups with 3,000 members in total represented movements like the French Revolution and Cabanagem, the fight of the labour unions, the battle for agrarian reform and for sexual diversity.
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Gaviões da Fiel
“Faithful is the soul of business”, according to the plot of the Hawks. The samba school talked about advertising, communication and the glories of Corinthians. The parade marked the debut of carnival master Max Lopes, from Rio, in the carnival in São Paulo. Another that was premiered at Anhembi was Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio. The samba school also had the participation of other athletes from the club, the advertiser Washington Olivetto and the speaker Osmar Santos.
Gaviões da Fiel paraded with 3,800 components divided into 25 groups and five allegories which related about propaganda since the discovery of Brazil until the present day. The battery had 250 percussionists characterized as coffee barons. In the frontline, the queen, Tatiane Minerato and godmother, Sabrina Sato.
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Samba school Tom Maior spoke about sexuality with the storyline “Park of Wishes – Your passport to pleasure”.
The entrance ticket to the attractions proposed by the school was portrayed like a condom. The school sought to rescue the history of sex and transform it into a joke without losing sight of the health issue, warning on the use of condoms and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The school took 2,500 members divided into 23 groups and five floats to Anhembi.
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Império de Casa Verde
The samba school Império de Casa Verde with a plot on healing was the last to parade ending the 2013 São Paulo Carnival. The school brought to the Sambódromo the story about religious healing, spiritual and through medicine with the sing “Who sings his woes are driven away – for all ill, there is healing.”
The godmother of the drums, Andrea Andrade, came dressed as Cleopatra. In the opening float, samba school recreated the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, with natural vegetation. They drew attention with around 800 vases with natural plants.
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All photos courtesy G1/O Globo