The Second Carnival Night Of Rio de Janeiro

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The samba schools Beija-Flor, Grande Rio and Vila Isabel were the major highlights of the second night of the Special Group parades of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Samba schools São Clemente, Estação Primeira de Mangueira and Imperatriz Leopoldinense also paraded on Marquis de Sapucaí Monday night Febr. 11.

Beija-Flor de Nilópolis
The plot of the Beija-Flor was about the Brazilian breed of horse, the Mangalarga Marchador. The school told the story of the emergence of the breed in Minas Gerais, and honoured moments in the history of the animal. The parade showed colourful and luxurious floats directly or indirectly related to horses. The audience in Sapucaí saw floats about Trojan Horse; Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalus; paintings; and the Estrada Real in Minas Gerais, centre of horse breeding.
Claudia Raia was applauded by the audience when presenting the front group “São Jorge, brave knight, warrior of Capadócia … Open and illuminate our path”. Other muses passed the avenue, as the actress Nanda Costa, the Morena of “Salve Jorge” and the model Nicole Bahls.

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Acadêmicos do Grande Rio
The parade this year of Rio Grande was a manifesto in favour of retaining the oil royalties to Rio de Janeiro. With a parade full of futuristic fantasies and big floats, the samba school brought even members dressed up as robots, emulating the franchise “Transformers”. The opening float remembered the extraction and refining of petroleum. One of the highlights was the actress Suzana Vieira.
An allegory in 360°, a tripod shaped as a colourful iguana and a float with jellyfish that seemed to fly were some of the attractions with the most attention.

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Unidos de Vila Isabel
The samba school portrayed the simple habits of the people and the interior of the backwoods, like the use of the violin, the visits of the “cumpadi”, the parties in stingray and religious processions. The samba runway was transformed into cow paths through images identified with rural life.
The drum band, with Sabrina Sato as queen, dressed as scarecrows and the dance group from Bahia swirled with crisp ladybugs. Groups symbolizing roosters, grasshoppers, plants eaten by pests, ants, vegetables and flowers also took a bit of fresh air to the avenue.

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São Clemente
The first samba school to parade on Monday, São Clemente brought a great cast together to present its plot “Prime Time”. Carminha, Odete Roitman, Tieta, Viúva Porcina, Sinhozinho Malta and other famous characters represented more than 60 Brazilian soap operas (telenovelas).
The school from the South Zone led to Sapucaí eight floats, four tripods and 3,400 components. Some telenovelas highlighted in the floats and the groups were “Irmãos Coragem”, “O Bem Amado”, “Vale Tudo”, “O Rei do Gado”, “Que Rei Sou Eu” e “Caminho das Índias”.

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Estação Primeira de Mangueira
The large number of percussionists, the difficulty for everyone to get in and out of its position, and trouble with some floats delayed the parade of the samba school, overstepping its time limit. The audience followed the presentation of the plot “Cuiabá: a paradise in the heart of America!”, showing the beauty, customs and history of the capital of Mato Grosso.
The first drum band, “Machinists – the rhythm of the wobbly train” and the second one, “Cooks – the cuiabano flavour of the seasoning of the samba”, were commanded by masters Ailton Nunes and Marrom. During the presentation, the two groups of drummers took turns at the helm of the samba, with a brief stop serving to mark the passage from one drum band to the other.

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Imperatriz Leopoldinense
Samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense took to the avenue the history and culture of Pará, in the parade that highlighted the indigenous population, the wealth of gold and rubber, the musical genre tecnobrega, and the pilgrims of the Círio de Nazaré.
The singer Fafá, who comes from Belém, was the principal highlight of this parade. She passed two times through the Marquês de Sapucaí. First as herione of Pará in the openings ceremony with the flag of Pará in her hands. Afterwards, emotionalised, she closed the parade honouring the pilgrims of the religious festival in Belém. The samba school also presented other celebrities from Pará, such as the actrices Dira Paes and Rosamaria Murtinho, the singers Gaby Amarantos and Leila Pinheiro as well as the singers Elymar Santos and Beto Barbosa.

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All photos courtesy G1/O Globo