The First Carnival Night of Rio de Janeiro

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On Sunday night 10 Febr., Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, Unidos da Tijuca and Portela were the major highlights of the first night of carnival parades of the Special Group of Rio de Janeiro. Samba schools Inocentes de Belford Roxo, União da Ilha do Governador and Salgueiro also paraded in the Marquês de Sapucaí.

Unidos da Tijuca
Although the floats were the main problem of Unidos da Tijuca in the avenue, the parade charmed the audience. Despite of everything, the presentation of Unidos da Tijuca enthused the audience with its hammers that levitated, fantasies that changed colour, sound effects that mimicked thunder and a waterslide of 15 meters long. The front committee of the school was one of the highlights of the parade, with its members representing Thor’s swaying floating hammers.

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Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
The plot “Eu vou de Mocidade com samba e Rock in Rio – Por um mundo melhor” (I’m coming from Mocidade with samba and Rock in Rio – For a Better World) had the veteran Serguei, with his 79 years, as highlight on the opening float. “I’m a rocker from Rio and the parade doesn’t owe anything to the Rock in Rio”, he said.

The samba school Mocidade presented 3,600 components, in 36 groups divided into seven sectors, with seven allegories. “All cars have a stage atmosphere” explained carnival master Alexandre Louzada. The event tells its story through idols of various genres.

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Portela
At 90 years old, a traditional Portela closed the first night of parades at the Marquês of Sapucaí honouring the 400th anniversary of the borough of Madureira, a suburb of Rio, which is a block away from the school. Another highlight was the 70 years anniversary of the singer and composer Paulinho da Viola, an icon of the samba school. He was chosen as the thread of the plot this year, “Madureira … My heart was led astray.”
The 3,700 components were divided into 31 groups. The symbolic eagle stylized in blue and white came this year in the first car.
The plot tells the story of Madureira highlighting the origins, religion, culture and commerce of this neighbourhood. The school also dedicated a group and an allegory to its co-sister Império Serrano.

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União da Ilha do Governador
The samba school União da Ilha do Governador celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vinicius de Moraes, telling the story of the life and work of the poet, songwriter and playwright. Orpheus, Girl from Ipanema and other successes were remembered, and honoured the partnerships with Toquinho, Tom Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Baden Powell and other stars of Brazilian popular music.
In one of the allegories, Toquinho was one of the highlights of the parade, with also the presence of the “garota de Ipanema” Helô Pinheiro and the actress Letícia Spiller.

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Acadêmicos do Salgueiro
With the theme “Fame”, samba school Acadêmicos do Salgueiro told the story of the search for recognition and the desire for immortality, showing cameras, historical characters and the world of celebrities in the parade which marked the 60th anniversary of the school. In the frontline, a bright red limo brought the character of Chacrinha to greet the public. The choreography also had members dressed as Marilyn Monroe and Amy Winehouse, fighting at the top of the float. Marilyn fell and was saved by the flag of the school, extended by a group of photographers who danced the samba with cameras in hand.
The queen of the drums Viviane Araujo was one of the attractions of Salgueiro, along with Adriana Bombom, Mônica Nascimento and other muses.

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Inocentes de Belford Roxo
For its show in the Special Group, the samba school Inocentes de Belford Roxo led to Sapucaí a bit of the history of South Korea. One of the Korean symbols, the Rose of Sharon, was represented by the couple master of ceremonies and the flag bearer Rogério Dornelles and Lucinha Nobre. Lucinha completed her 30th parade as flag bearer.
About 300 Korean immigrants and their descendants were invited to join the parade of Inocentes. In the third car, many of them were honoured by photos of families on the side of the allegory.

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