The official Rio Carnival TB meetup 2010!
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After the usual mess about time and place on the forum we had our meetup finally organized. With the Copacabana TB delegation we went early to the area by subway. When we surfaced from the subway exit the scene was overwhelming. A massive crowd was gathered and there was music everywhere. It reminded me of Queensday although the music and weather are slightly different. The "Cordao da Bola Preta" Bloco was very popular so I had to get one of those funky headwraps (also because my skull was starting to peal from sunburn).
After Wanda had lectured people who were relieving themselves against Gandhi´s statue we met our local Brazilian guide Daniele and she took us to the Lapa area where we waited at the meeting point with a nice handmade cardboard "TB meetup" sign.
As it got dark the crowd grew and we secured ourselves a few square meters right next to the caipirinha stand. We didn´t move from our spot for hours and had a ball!
The next day was Sambadrome day. It´s a weird sight for a European, a massive, purpose built parade ground. People call it Sapucai for the simple reason there are more sambadromes in Brasil. The parades were something out of this world with incredibly elaborate floats and hundreds of dancers interpreting various parts of the theme of that particular sambaschool.